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Friday, September 22, 2000


The New Teachers at the Carlisle Public School

The Carlisle Mosquito thanks these teachers for writing the following biographies during their first, very busy weeks of school.

Liz Hamlet

Speech-language pathologist

I grew up in Long Island, New York and have lived in New England for the past 25 years.

I received my Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and my M.S. in Communication Disorders from Emerson College in Boston. All of my experience as a speech pathologist has been in the public school system, most recently in Falmouth, Massachusetts and previous to that in Bedford, New Hampshire.

I am very impressed with the Carlisle School so far and am looking forward to an exciting and productive year.

Debbie Krasnow

K-1 special education

After growing up in California, I have spent the last 12 years enjoying the change of seasons in Boston. I have had the opportunity to work in special education in many grades. Most recently I worked with fifth-grade students, and now am looking forward to working again with younger kids. The enthusiasm and love for teaching that I feel from the staff in Carlisle makes for a wonderful environment for everyone.

Cindy Alhussni

Grade 3 teacher

I have spent most of my life living in Massachusetts. I grew up in a small town called Groveland. I currently reside in Haverhill with my husband Rami. I attended Stonehill College in Easton, where I received my bachelor's degree in psychology. Upon graduation from college I worked in the hotel industry for six years. Although this type of work was interesting it was not really what I wanted to do. Thus, with my family's encouragement I began to attend classes at Salem State College in order to pursue my goal of becoming a teacher. Upon completing classes at Salem State, I received my certification in elementary education. Currently, I'm enrolled at Lesley College where I am pursuing my master's degree in elementary education.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing tennis, going for walks and spending time with my family and friends.

I am really looking forward to an exciting year.

Suzanne Severy Comeau

Kindergarten teacher

I grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. My Bachelor's degree is in English Literature and I received my E.C.E (Early Childhood Education) certificate from Endicott College. In May I graduated with academic honors, from Lesley College, with my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. I am certified Pre-K-3.

I began my teaching career in Lexington at the LEAP School where I taught a variety of children between the ages of 2-5. While there I also served as a Curriculum Director for several years and as the Assistant Director for one year. Throughout the five years I taught at LEAP, I had many wonderful experiences.

Last year, I successfully completed a yearlong internship in Carlisle where I worked in Linda Clark's second grade classroom as a special education aide. It was a fabulous year!

I am a committed life-long learner who is also an excellent communicator. Most important, I truly love children, and my enthusiastic nature readily invites humor into daily interactions with children, co-workers and parents.

As an educator, I believe all children can learn and be successful in a safe, caring and cooperative setting. I am delighted to be teaching in a school system I know and care about.

Donna Heidemann

Grade 8 social studies teacher

I have had the wonderful blessing of teaching in many varied circumstances since I graduated from Worcester State College with a degree in history and education. My career began in the Museum Education Department at Old Sturbridge Village where I conducted hands-on workshops with students of all ages. This opportunity provided me with a wonderful foundation from which to build my career as an educator. What followed was a mix of interesting teaching experiences that presented themselves through positions as a public school teacher, social service provider, tutor, literacy volunteer and a home-based childcare provider.

In 1992, I returned to a traditional classroom setting as a social studies teacher in Worcester until 1994, when I moved on to my most recent position in the Shrewsbury Public Schools. All of these challenges and changes have increased my passion for working with young adults and raised my awareness of the needs of all types of individual learners. I am very excited about coming to Carlisle and becoming a part of this very positive and progressive school community.

These days, when I am not teaching or working towards completing a master's degree program, I am usually found relaxing with my family: husband Rein, daughter Emilia and son Derek. I enjoy reading, hiking, canoeing and sharing time with friends. I am fortunate to have a family that shares my interest in leaming about history so we are often on the road to new and interesting historical sites and museums. For the Heidemannn family, life is one eternal social studies field trip!

Sandy Jeitles

Kindergarten teacher

It is with great excitement that I join the Carlisle community. Growing up in the countryside outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, all I could think about was getting away to the big city. After attending college at St- Lawrence University in upstate New York, I was off to Boston to experience city life." I attended Boston College and received my Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. After four years of traffic and endless trouble finding a parking spot, I once again longed for the peaceful countryside. I have found the relaxation I was looking for here in Carlisle.

Before coming to Carlisle, I taught kindergarten in Arlington, Massachusetts, and I also worked in a multi-age classroom in Brookline

In an effort to relax I love to watch all types of sports, especially ice hockey, and I love to lie on the beach and read a good book. I also enjoy traveling and trying out new restaurants. I am looking forward to a wonderful year as a kindergarten teacher in Carlisle.

2000 The Carlisle Mosquito