Robin L. Bahr Casey
Intergenerational Outreach Coordinator
Following her retirement from teaching, Robin chose to become involved with issues facing the 60-plus population. She serves an Elder Affairs Commissioner for the city of Worcester and is proud to have been asked to join the Senior Center Committee of the Commission. Through this involvement, Robin met Maureen Power and began auditing courses at WSU dealing with current issues affecting the senior population; she began tutoring in the IUI program, and ultimately has become an Outreach Coordinator for the IUI working with Gloria Labovitz. Robin also has pursued her certification as a consulting hypnotist and she is in the process of establishing her own practice in Worcester.
During her more than 30 years in secondary education, Robin served in a number of professional capacities, the most recent of which was as chairperson of a 15-member Jr./Sr. high school department of English. In this capacity, Robin designed curriculum, arranged for professional development opportunities for the department and for colleagues in other departments, observed and evaluated the members of the department, mentored new teachers, teachers-to-be, and Master's Degree candidates, fund-raised, represented the English Department at system-wide and state-wide meetings, and cooperated with faculty members of Clark University (where Robin also guest lectured) and Assumption College, in a number of teacher-training projects.
Robin received her A. B. from Smith College and her M. A. T. from Fairleigh Dickinson University on a full scholarship from the Ford Foundation. Along with being a certified teacher of English, Robin was also a certified teacher of reading and a certified Reading Supervisor as well as an experienced editor. Robin was asked to review The Bedford Reader, 8th ed., for the publisher Bedford/St. Martins. An excerpt from her review appears on the cover of the hardbound 9th edition. While teaching, Robin used her business experience by serving on the executive board of D.E.L.T.A. (the lay teachers’ union) for ten years and she was a member of the negotiating team for three consecutive three-year contracts. Not only did Robin devote herself to the teaching of the English language and its literature, she also pursued a certificate in dance pedagogy and performance, studying with Martha Myers, Peg Brightman, Lynne Frederiksen, and Shirley Benjamin. She performed throughout New England as a member of the Worcester Concert Dance Ensemble; she taught ballet at the Performing Arts School of Worcester; and, she served as president of the board of directors of a Boston-based dance company. Also, she was a member of the Board of Directors of Foothills Theatre Company in Worcester.
In addition to Robin’s experience in the fields of education and the Arts, she also was involved in the world of business, serving in a managerial position for Bamberger’s (now Macy’s) in Paramus, NJ, and subsequently as the store manager for a privately owned business in Parsippany, NJ.
Robin is married to John R. Casey, LICSW, and she has one much-loved grown daughter.