The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 24, 1999


New Teachers at Concord-Carlisle High School 1999-2000

The Carlisle Mosquito would like to thank the new teachers at Concord-Carlisle High School who took the time to submit brief biographies and to Tom Curtin, guidance counselor, who provided much of the text.

Juan Sanabria joined the art department after teaching at Weston High School last year. He studied studio art at Brandeis University and will teach digital imaging and video production at CCHS. At Weston he was the advisor to the outdoor club which allowed him to get to know students in a more personal way while indulging his passion for hiking, camping, snow-boarding and rock-climbing. His other interests include ice hockey, gourmet cooking and furniture building.

The foreign language department has four teachers who were not at the high school last year. Maureen Haviland is returning after many years to teach Latin. Previously, she taught part-time at CCHS and Fenn. Her 12 years of teaching also includes being a preceptor at Columbia University and working on a multi-media computer program for teaching Vergil's Aeneid while on the faculty at the Dalton School in New York City. A graduate of Barnard College, she has a master's of arts degree and master's of philosophy at Columbia and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation in ancient Greek literature.

Returning Spanish teacher Liz St. Jean spent a year on leave of absence from CCHS as a developmental editor for the college division of Heinle and Heinle, a foreign language educational publisher. She greatly enjoyed learning many facets of the publishing business, including design, production, marketing, and the creation of the program's technological ancillaries. She feels that the stimulating change of the business world, her travel to Costa Rica, and the opportunity to pursue personal interests, such as art, have added to her repertoire as a teacher.

Annie Ku will be the new Chinese teacher. A native of Taiwan and graduate of National Taiwan University, Ku will help the young Chinese language program take root. She has taught Mandarin Chinese for over ten years at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. She is an experienced curriculum developer and trainer and is a certified rater for the Mandarin Chinese Speaking Test/National Foreign Language Resource Center, Georgetown University. Her strong practical and theoretical background will make a great classroom combination.

Spanish teacher Bunny Tilt received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and studied at the Sorbonne and Guadalajara. She has taught ten years in public schools and five years for the airlines, giving her occasion to create novel programs. Widely traveled, Tilt incorporates her experiences in her teaching, getting students to value other languages and cultures. She has been an advisor to a quilt club and a community service club. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, entertaining, and trying new recipes.

Eric Christensen and Kathleen Bodie are the latest additions to the math department. Christensen holds bachelor's and master's degrees from UMass/Amherst and an master's in education from Plymouth State College. He taught for 26 years in New Hampshire public junior high and high schools. He has also taught algebra, statistics, and finite math at the college level. He has been a department head, an athletic director, and an adult education director. His more direct contacts with students have included coaching nine different athletic teams, advising numerous student clubs and chaperoning school trips.In a note to the Mosquito, Christensen said, "It is important to indicate that I am a big fan of baseball and a great Jimmy Buffett fan." This summer, he watched minor league baseball games in seven cities between Maine and North Carolina.

Bodie, a graduate of Saint Louis University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, taught nine years at the high school and 17 years at the college level. She has supervised student teachers and been an advisor to many clubs. She has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East and been involved in her local town government, including the school committee.

Timing is everything, so we were fortunate to capture Chuck Brown for our music department just as he began looking for a job in the Boston area when his wife took a position at the Boston Conservatory. As he said, "I teach people to sing and make music...It really doesn't get any better than that." He will be sorely missed at the Phoenix High School near Syracuse, New York, where in six years he increased the choral program from 44 to 240 students by adding a women's choir, men's choir, madrigals, show choir, and a doo-wop group. His students have done well in competitions and profited greatly from fine arts trips which he has arranged with parents. He will oversee the CCHS musical and the drama club.

An exciting new resource for the school this year is what is being called the "planning room." Students on suspension or subject to other disciplinary measures will learn to use their "down time" productively and "repeat offenders" will be helped to address and modify their behavior by social worker Sheila Murray-Gewertz. Since receiving her bachelor's degree from UMass/Amherst and her master's in social work from Simmons College, Murray-Gewertz has been a therapist collaborating with the Newton and Weston Public Schools, as well as schools in Dorchester and South Boston. She was drawn to the planning room position because she enjoys helping young people learn to make wise choices with respect to school and the community.

The science olympiad team will be co-advised by new science teachers Kristy Lenihan and Gina Andrighetto. Lenihan is a 1998 graduate in physics from Holy Cross. Last year she taught advanced placement and honors physics at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She has coached cheerleading. She enjoys reading, skiing, biking, horseback riding and swing dancing. Andrighetto earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Boston College and has taught in Brookline, Quincy, and Arlington Catholic. She will be teaching earth science and honors chemistry this year but can also teach physics. She has coached gymnastics and greatly enjoys all outdoor sports, particularly golf and running. She loves teaching because she can share her love of learning, encourage students to believe in themselves, and open "their eyes to the exciting world of chemistry or science."

For the last two years since he completed work on his bachelor's degree at Holy Cross and his master's degree at Simmons College, Joe Bodenrader taught at Belmont High School. He has coached junior varsity soccer and will be advising the Model U.N. group this year. A double major in psychology and music, Bodenrader enjoys playing the guitar and listening to all kinds of music.

Tom Keane and Joe Hehn will join the special education department as teachers/case managers. Keane was an undergraduate at Framingham State College, completed his master's and certificate in advanced graduate study in rehabilitation counseling/special education at Boston University and is currently working on his doctorate in special education at Boston University. Previously, he taught at the Landmark School, Mansfield High School and the Woburn Public Schools. He enjoys the rewards and challenges of helping "empower students to become responsible and productive citizens."

Hehn's 20 years of teaching experience have helped him make a quick and smooth adjustment to CCHS. His bachelor's in special education and master's in business administration from UMass/Lowell have given him the tools to creatively reach his students. He used his knowledge of outdoor adventure education during his years at Assabet Valley Regional High School and North Andover High School. He has been a coach, class advisor, yearbook advisor, and leader of a school diversity group.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito