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NECC Professor will Discuss the Many Kinds of Intelligence

Submitted by on December 10, 2013 – 3:51 pm
NECC Professor will Discuss the Many Kinds of Intelligence

Professor Deirdre Budzyna

Originally scheduled for Dec. 19, this presentation has been rescheduled for Feb. 11.

A successful person is not always someone who is “book smart.” In fact, many people are extremely successful because of other strengths such as interpersonal intelligence.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 8:30 at the Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main St., Northern Essex Community College Professor Deirdre Budzyna will discuss the many ways people can display and use their intelligence in a free presentation titled “It’s Not How Smart You Are: It’s How You Are Smart.”

This presentation is appropriate for anyone interested in identifying strengths and working from a strengths based perspective, including parents, students, and teachers. Participants will identify their strongest intelligence and find out how it impacts their abilities in all aspects of their lives including school, work, and within the family.

Budzyna will cover the theory of multiple intelligences which was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. Gardner’s theory suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences include word smart, number/reasoning smart, picture smart, body smart, music smart, people smart, self smart, and nature smart.

Deirdre Budzyna is a professor of Early Childhood Education at Northern Essex Community College. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in theater and education. She received her Master’s Degree from Lesley University in Creative Arts and Learning. Budzyna owns an acting studio, Acting Out, in Newburyport, Ma where she resides with her husband John and three children.

This presentation is part of the college’s speakers’ bureau which provides speakers to area nonprofits. For more information visit the website or contact Ernie Greenslade, Marketing Communications, 978 556-3862 or

For more information on the presentation at the Haverhill Public Library, call Sarah at 978 373-1586, ext. 641, or