Grading Tests Back in the Day

October 2, 2019


Above is Biology Professor Maura Tyrrell at home grading more than 60 tests from students in her Biological Principles class, back in the day. Tyrrell’s daughter, Julianne Tyrrell McHardy ’01 took the photo.

The tests are spread out because Tyrrell used to run an item analysis on the questions to gauge which ones proved difficult for her students. After returning the tests in class, Tyrrell would devote more time in reviewing those challenging questions. Two of her former students Maria Florio ’95 and Lisa Eison ’95, who saw this photo on Facebook, figured out that the photo was taken in 1991.

After teaching 6,477 Stonehill students over 43 years, Tyrrell, a meticulous record-keeper, retired last year. To get a sense of her impact as a teacher and mentor on students, see the quotes below. They are from two biology majors featured in an article in the next Stonehill Alumni Magazine (arriving in your mailbox soon) about alumni who work professionally with dogs.

“I credit Professor Maura Tyrrell, my advisor, for opening the door to be in the position I am in now, because it would not have been on my radar otherwise. It was at Professor Tyrrell’s recommendation to think about veterinary school.”
Jonathan Gagnon ’03, a Maine-based veterinarian
“Professor Tyrrell ran her classroom in an out-of-the-box fashion. She included field trips, encouraged discovery and promoted team work. All of those principles are applied to my current business.”
Jeni (Dwyer) Mather ’96, who owns and operates JM Pet Resort in Brockton

Enjoying retirement, Tyrrell loves connecting with former students on Facebook and keeping up with what’s happening in their lives.