Friday, September 17, 1999
Meet the New Teachers at Carlisle Public School
The Carlisle Mosquito thanks these teachers for writing the following biographies during their first and very busy weeks of school. Thanks, too, for the school administrative team's assistance.
I am a certified Spanish and elementary classroom teacher. I am teaching Spanish and French this year at Carlisle Middle School. I attended the University of Massachusetts on a full-tuition Chancellor's Scholarship. I received my bachelor's in dance from UMass Amherst and Smith College in 1990. I have been a dance professional for over 12 years. To date, I am successfully competing in Pro-Amateur Latin Ballroom Dance competitions. I studied languages as part of my passion for dance and culture. I am studying Italian this year. I have attended the University of Madrid to perfect my Spanish. Also, I often spend the holidays and summer vacations in Mexico where I visit my family. I taught Spanish and French in Rockport Public Schools before coming to Carlisle. I will be receiving my master's degree in secondary education from Fitchburg State College this spring.
Grade 7 social studies
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I join the seventh-grade team in Carlisle. I come to Carlisle from Hampstead, New Hampshire, where, for the past three years, I was the district's social studies curriculum coordinator and taught seventh-grade social studies and language arts.
I am a native Californian who came east for graduate school. After four years in Philadelphia, I came up to the northeast to be the project director of a "folk arts in the classroom" program in Lowell. From this experience I discovered that I really enjoyed working with middle-school-aged students, and decided to go into teaching. It is a decision I have not regretted.
Out of school, I enjoy cooking, playing rugby, and spending time with my wife, daughter and son.
After six years of working in a high school, I am very excited to be working again in an elementary school. I received my bachelor of science degree in education and social policy from Northwestern University in Chicago. At Tufts University I studied school psychology and received both my master's and certificate in advanced graduate study (C.A.G.S.). I am certified as a school psychologist not only in Massachusetts, but also nationally (N.C.S.P.).
Grade 6 special education
I have spent most of my life working and going to school in Boston, Framingham, Ashland and Holliston. For the past three years, I taught in the Quabbin School District in central Massachusetts. Becoming a teacher was a career change for me. After working for several years in the insurance business, I realized that I really wanted to be a teacher. With my family's encouragement, I went to work as a substitute teacher and then an instructional aide, while working on my master's degree in special education.
When the opportunity to work with sixth graders in Carlisle came along, I knew that I had made the right decision when I left that insurance office. The wonderful reputation of the Carlisle school is easy to understand. The enthusiasm that is exhibited by the staff is contagious. The desire to provide a quality, nurturing environment for the students is shared by every person I have encountered. I am looking forward to a great year.
I love to read, especially historical novels and biographies. I also consider baseball to be one of the staples of life. My personality will go through several transformations as the Red Sox season comes to an end (always prematurely).
Library media specialist
As the new library media specialist, I bring a variety of perspectives to my job. I hold a bachelor's and master's in elementary education and have taught as a classroom and social studies teacher. My most recent position was as elementary library media specialist for Westford's schools. In addition to my training in library and information science, I am a technology integration specialist and recently completed an internship in educational leadership. My special interests are in information literacy, technology and curriculum development.
I enjoy being active in Westford's community affairs, where I have lived for 16 years. In my "free time" I try to keep up with my 16-year-old daughter and my sons, ages 12 and 13. I participate in activities of the Massachusetts School Library Media Association and sometimes I find time just to read a book for pleasure.
I look forward to introducing Carlisle's students to the world of information literacy. Anyone can "surf the Web" but it takes skill to glean and evaluate information for authenticity and authority. Of course, there will be generous doses of great stories, literature and fun activities too. Parents and the community are invited to stop by. Volunteers are always welcome.
Speech and language pathologist
For the past ten years I have enjoyed living in Stow with my husband Alex, 16-year-old daughter Anna and 13-year old son Vasili. I received my master's in communication science and disorders from Massachusetts General Hospital. I have had the opportunity to work with children with a variety of issues involving spoken and written language at Mass. General, the Landmark School, Mass. Eye and Ear, Wellesley High School and the Holliston Schools. I am looking forward to working with the children, parents, faculty and staff in Carlisle.
I grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts (famous for the Topsfield Fair). I attended college outside of Chicago at Northwestern University, where I earned a bachelor's degree in English. I received my master's degree in speech-language pathology from Syracuse University. Since graduating, I have worked as a speech-language pathologist in elementary schools in Syracuse, New York, and Millis, Massachusetts. I am impressed with the Carlisle School so far and look forward to an exciting year.
My music background is varied and colorful, and, I believe, ideally suits me for my new role as music teacher for grades four through six.
I grew up in Fort Myers, Florida, and relocated from there nearly a year ago. While I lived there, I had the pleasure of serving as an adjunct college professor of voice and opera appreciation, public school teacher and teacher of singing.
In addition to my career as an educator, I am a professional opera singer and recitalist. My bachelor's in music is from Stetson University while my master's in music is from Indiana University. I recently returned from spending the summer singing in Graz, Austria, at the American Institute of Musical Studies. I sing music of all periods and styles, but my particular interest is in 19th-century French Art Song.
I love music, children and the miraculous worlds that teaching reveals. It is my mission to bring the joy of those discoveries to my students.
Grade 3 special education
I grew up in Colchester, Connecticut. I lived there until leaving to attend Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in biology, I taught at The New England Center for Children. While at The New England Center for Children, I began pursuing my master's degree in special education at Simmons College. Over the past two years, I have enjoyed teaching in pre-school through fourth grade in the Lincoln Public Schools. In May, I received my master of science degree in education.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking and golfing.
I grew up in Barre, Massachusetts. I graduated from Castleton State College with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health. After graduation, I ventured to Texas to study adapted physical education at Texas Tech University. Then I returned to Massachusetts where I have taught physical education and health at Franklin, Massachusetts and Quabbin Regional Middle School.
My interests are running, hiking, playing and coaching soccer, basketball, and field hockey.
Elementary guidance counselor
I am thrilled to be part of the Carlisle community. I have been working with children and families for the past five years and think that I have the best job in the world. I am an educational psychologist with my master's and certicate in advanced graduate study from Northeastern University. Most recently I worked in the Littleton Public Schools. My research and project interests include self-esteem development in young children, eating disorders in children and attentional deficits. I am excited about my counseling role this year and the chance to work closely with the children, faculty and parents within the Carlisle community.
In my free time, I love painting and gardening, and my husband has introduced me to mountain bikingwhich I am learning to enjoy.
I have enjoyed working with children for many years, in a variety of capacities, including classroom, extended day and day camp positions. I received my bachelor of science degree in elementary education at Westfield State College and my master's degree in early childhood education at Fitchburg State College. For the last three years, I have taught in a kindergarten program in Boxborough. I have worked at the Acton-Boxborough Community Education Summer Day Camp in Acton for the past 12 summers. I have been the director of the day camp for the past three years.
I recently graduated from the Lesley College/Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Collaborative Program with a master's degree in early childhood education. During my yearlong internship, I worked with four-year-olds and second graders. Prior to my master's program I worked in the Sudbury school system for four years, first as a special education assistant in kindergarten, then as a kindergarten assistant teacher. I have a bachelor's degree in plant science from the University of New Hampshire and grew up in New Hampshire. I live in Sudbury with my husband Bob, daughter Meredith (tenth grade) and son Sam (seventh grade). My interests include hiking, gardening and reading.
Grades 5 and 6 foreign language
I grew up in San Francisco. I started college in France where I lived for over three years. After returning to the Bay Area, I received a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley. After settling in the Boston area with my husband, I did graduate work at Tufts University where I received a master's degree in French Literature as well as a master's in teaching. I did my student teaching at Lexington High School and taught French for two years to seventh and eighth graders in Brockton. During the summer I spend time in France where I enjoy seeing family and friends...and good food.
I grew up in Lexington and attended Rhode Island College in Providence. My bachelor's and master's degrees are in early childhood education and special needs education. I am certified for grades K-8 and in moderate and intensive special needs. I taught in public schools and a state hospital in Rhode Island before returning to teach in the Burlington public schools. My classroom there was featured in a PBS special about the inclusion of special needs students.
My husband Tim and I moved to Carlisle in1977. Our two children, Ben and Jen, attended the Carlisle Schools. In fact, my classroom is the same room both of my kids spent their kindergarten years in. Ben is now a senior at CCHS and Jen is a freshman. I have held a variety of part-time jobs over the years and also spent many hours volunteering in the Carlisle Schools and elsewhere in town. Last winter, I was an intern in the Carlisle kindergarten and middle school as I worked to renew my certification.
Sharon Paradise Bortz
Eighth-grade math teacher
I graduated from Lesley College in 1991, and I have spent the past eight years teaching math and science in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts at the Shrewsbury Middle School. I recently completed my graduate work at Lesley and received my master's in education in 1998. I enjoy working with the middle school population, and have been involved in teacher training at this level. In addition to discovering ways to meet the unique needs of the middle school student, I have a special interest in finding ways to integrate technology into the curriculum.
My husband and I grew up "next door" in Acton, and we are currently enjoying the adventures of being new parents to our daughter, Katherine.
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