The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 12, 2001


New Carlisle teachers bring experience, range of interests and enthusiasm

James Avery

Special education

Mr. Avery lives in Lexington with his wife Kathleen and daughters Carolyn and Brigid. His education includes a B.A. from Salem State College and M.Ed. from Fitchburg State College.

Mr. Avery has six-and-a-half years experience at the LABBB Collaborative, a program for students with mild, moderate and severe special needs.

Reading, working out and spending time with his family are his favorite activities.

Leanne Christmas

Speech-language pathologist

Ms. Christmas grew up in Winchester and currently lives in Woburn. She will be working in the preschool, fifth, seventh and eighth grades as a speech-language pathologist.

Her education includes a B.S. degree from Syracuse University and a M.S. in communication sciences and disorders from Syracuse University. Previously she worked at the LABBB Collaborative Program in Lexington, Massachusetts, where her caseload consisted of students with severe developmental delays.

Ms. Christmas tells us, "I am excited to have the opportunity to grow professionally and gain experience with a different student population. I am enthusiastic about the upcoming school year and I look forward to getting to know many of the students and staff at Carlisle."

Martha Shelton

Grade 6 teacher assistant in science

Mrs. Shelton, who holds an M.Ed. degree, is not new to the Carlisle School, having worked with fifth graders last year. This year she is the sixth-grade teacher assistant in science.

She lives in Chelmsford with her husband, three children and one dog. Despite a busy life she still finds time for quilting.

In the past she has lived in Texas and in the Marshall Islands.

Karen Allred

Grade 6 teacher assistant in social studies

"I greatly enjoy getting to know and teach the sixth-grade class, along with Ms. Herrman," says Karen Allred, new grade six teacher assistant in social studies.

Mrs. Allred comes from a "large Irish clan" in the Boston area. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Massachusetts and a certified teacher for grades one to nine. She holds both the J.D. and M.Ed. degrees.

She lives in Acton with her husband and seven-year-old son John-Brien. Asked about her extracurricular interests, she mentions skiing, bicycling, reading and spending time in Vermont.

David Shriberg

K-2 school psychologist/counselor

Mr. Shriberg is thrilled to be coming to Carlisle to work with grades pre-K through second grade. "I bring to this position my energy, enthusiasm and expertise towards making school the best possible experience for Carlisle's children, families and school staff," he says.

While his father was from Waltham and his mother from Lynn, he was raised primarily in Cincinnati, Ohio. He obtained a B.S. degree from Cornell University in Human Development and Family Studies, an M.S. from Northeastern University in school psychology and is currently working on a Ph.D. in school counseling/psychology at Northeastern. He is co-author of a college textbook on leadership (published this past summer), president of a national organization of graduate students in school psychology and a school-based diversity trainer for the Anti-Defamation League.

On a personal note, Mr. Shriberg confides, "I recently got engaged to the love of my life and will be married during spring, 2002. I look forward to getting immersed in the Carlisle community. Please contact me with any questions, ideas, concerns, etc. that you have. There's a great community energy here and I'm delighted to be part of it."


In the September 28 issue of the Mosquito, the last paragraph in the short "bio" of special education kindergarten teacher Rebecca Mis was incomplete. The paragraph should read:

"Ms. Mis is a native of Connecticut who has enjoyed living in the Boston area for the past eleven years. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, walking and taking yoga classes."

2001 The Carlisle Mosquito