First Universalist Society in Franklin

April 2015 Spotlight on New Members

The Corey Family

FUSF New Members

New Members April 2015

By Laura Cerier

Meet Jennifer and Joe Corey, and their children Jackson and Gabriel.

Jennifer grew up in Medway and graduated from Dean College. While on a practicum for Dean, Jennifer assisted in a 5th-grade classroom-Joe Corey’s! It was Joe’s first year as a teacher. His pupils in the next year’s class (that Jen also helped in) were so sure that Joe and Jen would get engaged that our own Maggie Gravina, daughter of Charlie and Sue Gravina, brought plastic flowers and a fake diamond ring to help Joe propose! (Alas, Joe and Jen didn’t get engaged for another five years! It takes a while on a new teacher’s salary to save up for a non-plastic ring.)

The Corey family owns Elegant Elephant Antiques and Estates in Uxbridge at Bernat Mill Antiques. Jen is also a Level 2 Reiki Master. Jennifer dreams of one day buying a cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire-her spiritual home. Jennifer is interested in learning more about kid- and allergy-friendly cooking and natural living.

Joe grew up in Weymouth. Upon graduating from Emerson College, Joe worked for the Patriot Ledger Newspaper for eight years before earning a Master’s in Education from Boston College. He started teaching in Franklin in 1994, and soon became known as “Mr. Corey-the-teacher-with-the-long-hair.”

Joe has been teaching 5th or 6th grade in Franklin for nearly 20 years. Joe plays both bass and guitar in his band Dupree’s Diamonds. In fact, he has played in various bands since he was 16 years old. Joe loves to read, listen to and play music, and savor all things Red Sox. The 2004 World Series Championship on the 25th anniversary of his first Grateful Dead concert helped him begin to get over having been at the Bucky Dent game in 1978.

Jackson is 12 years old and in the 6th grade. He enjoys nature, NH, history, photography, NH, singing, NH and performing in theatre. His favorite role was the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland” with the Un-Common Theatre Company.

Gabriel, 10, is in the 5th grade. He loves fashion, singing, dancing, baseball, amusement parks and computers. He also enjoys theatre performance. His favorite role has been Private Yao in “Mulan.”

The newest member of the family – Lincoln, a rescue dog from Puerto Rico – has already brought much joy to the family!

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