Company: Lynn Classical High School
Location: West Roxbury, Mass.
In 1996, Ms. Sweeney was the lead volunteer teacher from Lynn Classical High School to attend a six-week ‘The Skillful Teacher’ workshop at Wellesley College. On May 20, 2000, she attended the Becoming a Woman of Excellence Series at Women’s Ministries Grace Chapel in Lexington, Mass. Ms. Sweeney currently works with the elderly as a companion with the Senior Companion Program, where she serves one-on-one with the frail, elderly and other homebound persons who have difficulty completing everyday tasks. Ms. Sweeney helps with shopping for groceries, paying bills and transporting clients to medical appointments.
Ms. Sweeney has been trained on such topics as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and issues related to mental health, as well as how to recognize potential problems and alert family members and health providers. She was honored by Girls Inc. of Lynn on March 26, 1997, at a celebration luncheon held at the Colonial Hilton in Lynnfield and given a certificate that read: ‘Gianna Sweeney, teacher of foreign languages at Lynn Classical High School. A native of Italy, she brings a wealth of knowledge and direct experience. Educated in Italy in classical literature at the University of Turin with a master’s degree in teaching romance languages from Boston University, Ms. Sweeney is certified to teach in Massachusetts in Latin, French, Spanish and Italian.
Ms. Sweeney is a certified guidance counselor for grades 5-12 and is co-advisor of the Asian-American Club and the African-American Club. She has sponsored exchange students from Japan, France and Spain. She is a ready tutor and is concerned as a counselor with helping students, especially young girls, develop into responsible individuals.’ Ms. Sweeney completed her practicum toward her counseling specialization at Lynn Classical. In the coming years, Ms. Sweeney intends to continue working with the elderly.