New teachers at Carlisle Public School include, back row: Emily
Johnson, Jenny Washburn, Jennifer Lyons, Erica Molvig, Amy Sutherland,
Bethany Giusti, Tracy Malone; front row: Hilary Davis, Anna Hunter,
Jodi Sparks, Cynthia McCann, Erin McAuley, Amanda Clark. (Photo
by Cynthia Sorn)
• Emily Johnson, a fourth-grade teacher, taught fourth
and fifth grade at the Boylston elementary school. Ms. Johnson
lives in Acton, and earned her master's degree at Lesley University.
She shares her home with her pets, and enjoys singing and reading.
She says she is grateful for the positive reception she has received
from the Carlisle community.
• Jenny Washburn, the elementary guidance counselor
and school psychologist for grades three through five, received
her BA from Providence College. She worked as a vocational
counselor, but decided to continue her education at UMass-Boston,
graduating with a master's degree in education. She grew up
in Wakefield, and lives in Waltham, where she enjoys music
• Jennifer Lyons, a third-grade teacher, grew up in
Newton and attended Simmons College, receiving a master's degree
in teaching. She taught in Brookline and Acton for seven years.
She loves art, and says, "I always strive to be a better
teacher than I was the day before."
• Erica Molvig, a third-grade teacher, was a permanent
substitute last year at the Carlisle School. She received a
BA from Skidmore College, and is currently a master's degree
candidate in language and literacy in special education at
Simmons. Ms. Molvig comes from a family of educators; her father
is a physics professor at MIT, and her mother is a pre-school
• Amy Sutherland, a second-grade teacher, grew up in
Acton, and has a master's degree in special education from
Fitchburg State College. She taught in Hudson for eight years.
She says she feels "the need to create a learning environment
in which children grow socially, academically and emotionally."
• Bethany Giusti, a second-grade special educator,
received a degree in both special education and elementary
education from Fitchburg State College. Ms. Giusti student-taught
in a variety of classrooms, including a language-based class,
a class for cognitively delayed children and in general education
classrooms. During the summer she enjoys reading books on the
beach, sight-seeing, camping and hiking.
• Tracy Malone, a seventh-grade special educator, grew
up in Waltham, where she now lives. She received her master's
degree in special education from Framingham State College,
and lived in San Diego for a year, working as a resource specialist
at an elementary and middle school. She says her favorite place
is a beach at sunset.
• Hilary Davis, a special educator for second and fourth
grades, taught in the Carlisle preschool as a special educator.
She received her master's degree at Simmons College. She previously
worked as a special educator in Georgia. She says, "I
love to experience the joy on the child's face when he or she
finally understands a challenging subject."
• Anna Hunter, a fourth-grade teacher, grew up in Reading,
and graduated from Boston University. She has ten years teaching
experience in various locations including South Carolina and
New Jersey. She is getting married in April, and says she is
excited to be a member of the Carlisle community.
• Jodi Sparks, a second-grade teacher, received her
master's degree from Tufts University, and did her student
teaching in Lexington and Sudbury. She was married in May and
honeymooned in Alaska, hiking and white-water rafting. She
and her husband moved to Concord, and she is looking forward
to further adventures.
• Cynthia McCann, the school's new technology integration
specialist, started out in the high-tech industry, working for
IBM and Wang. She earned two master's degrees from Lesley University
in elementary education and technology in education. She lives
in Westford with her husband, teenage children, a dog, two cats,
a rabbit and giant goldfish.
• Erin McAuley, a sixth-grade social studies teacher,
is a graduate of Assumption College. She moved from Connecticut,
where she taught seventh grade for two years, to teach in Carlisle.
This summer she spent time reading, painting, and traveling to
Riviera Maya, Mexico, learning more about the culture.
• Amanda Clark, a first-grade teacher, enjoys basketball
and arts and crafts. She received her master's from Boston University,
and has taught first, third and sixth grades in Ashland and Washington
D.C. She grew up in Harvard and is very close to her family and