The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 1, 2004


New teachers at the Carlisle Public School introduce themselves

New Carlisle School faculty are (back row, left to right) : Katie Gustafson, Marie Doyle, Christine Denaro, Emily King, Steve Peck. Front, left to right: special education aide Laura Gett, Barney Arnold, Beth Sherman, Marcella Pixley, Kathryn Marsh, Assistant Principal Michael Giurlando, Arlene Nardone. Not pictured: Patty Day. (Photo by Rik Pierce)

Barney (Barbara) Arnold

Along with my three brothers and sister, I was raised as an army brat and went to seven schools in seven states until I began college. We saw a lot of the Midwest and spent three years in Germany.

I followed in my mother's footsteps and went to Smith College. Several careers later I found myself moving to Carlisle with my husband, Michael Ansara, and my two stepdaughters in search of a quieter life with more space and better schools. When our son Zander joined the family, I decided to pursue a long-held interest in education and completed my master's in education at Wheelock College. Returning to school as a "mature student" was a great experience.

After student teaching in Cambridge and Sudbury, I became gainfully employed first as a teaching assistant and then a kindergarten teacher in Westford in 1998. Last spring I was thrilled to learn that Carlisle had openings for a kindergarten teacher and quickly submitted my resume. I've been warmly welcomed by the whole school community (even Zander seems secretly pleased to have his Mom on the same campus) and am having a great time with my first class of kindergartners here in Carlisle!

Christine Denaro
3rd grade

I am really excited about being a third-grade teacher in Carlisle. I have spent the past three years here working as a teacher's assistant and aide in the sixth, fourth and third grades, and as a long-term substitute in the third grade. I have also coached the girls' middle school soccer and softball teams, which I enjoyed tremendously. I grew up in Carlisle and graduated from the Carlisle Public School and the Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, and I am very happy and proud to be a teacher in the Carlisle Public School.

Prior to my working in Carlisle, I was employed for 17 years with Converse, Inc. I held management positions in both the marketing and international departments. I have a bachelor's degree from Bentley College in Marketing/Management and a master's degree from Lesley University in Elementary Education.

My husband Paul and I live in Concord and we both enjoy golfing, bike riding and gardening.

Arlene Nardone
3rd grade

I am so happy to be working here in the Carlisle Public School. This is such a welcoming community and my team is so supportive. I am a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts. I studied Spanish as an undergraduate, with a focus on Latin American culture. Through my studies, I had the opportunity to study abroad, in Salamanca, Spain. This was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had and I hope to visit Spain again soon. I also completed my graduate work at the University of Massachusetts — Amherst.

During my time off, I enjoy swimming and hiking. I have spent the last few summers working for a Teen Adventure Camp. We take many off-site trips camping and even whitewater rafting. When I'm not busy at school, or at camp during the summers, I like to relax with my parents and two brothers at our home in Andover, Mass.

Katie Gustafson
5th grade

I grew up in Topsfield, Mass. and attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where I graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish. I also completed the elementary education certification program through the college. After graduation, I taught Spanish to grades one through four in Boxford, Massachusetts. I also taught for one year as a fifth-grade teacher in Lynn before coming to Carlisle.

This is my third year in Carlisle. Throughout my time here, I have acted as a reading tutor, a fifth-grade classroom aide and a coach for the field hockey and JV basketball teams. In my free time I enjoy trying out the restaurants in Boston's North End where I live with my husband. I also enjoy reading and doing any activity that involves being outdoors. I am excited to continue my career in Carlisle and look forward to the coming year!

Emily King
5th Grade

I am very excited about being a fifth-grade teacher in Carlisle. I am originally from Greenwich, Conn. and moved to Boston to attend Boston University where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Communications. After graduating, Boston became my home and I began working at Children's Hospital in a resource center for families. Providing support and education to patients and families is what I do best, so it was natural to pursue a teaching career. I received a master's of education in Elementary Education (1-6) and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University.

I love the arts and try to use them for teaching and learning as much as possible. We all learn in different ways and the arts allow us to express our uniqueness. I am also constantly curious! I enjoy leaming new things from my students, experiences and from the world around me. I know that we will have a wonderful year, and I look forward to the many discoveries that will take place!

Steven T. Peck
Intensive special needs

I am originally from Natick and now live with my wife Christina and nine-month-old daughter Emma in Peabody.

I received my undergraduate degree in Sociology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I then went on to receive a master's degree in education with concentration on deafblind education from Boston College. My first article entitled "Communication Made Easier: Facilitating Transitions for Students with Multiple Disabilities" was published in May 2004 in the journal Teaching Exceptional Children.

I have been teaching for the past five years in Revere working with students with multiple disabilities. Prior to that I enjoyed student-teaching experiences with both the Newton Public Schools and the Perkins School for the Blind. These positions allowed me to develop expertise in assistive technology. While in Revere I took several workshops on assistive technology, developed custom-built devices for some students, and evaluated many students for appropriate technology accommodations in the classroom.

Many hobbies are sports-related and center on coaching in addition to playing. I enjoy all facets of many games and especially enjoy giving back to kids who are leaming and playing the game. I am looking forward to the opportunity that Carlisle has provided, and hope to contribute to an already outstanding faculty.

Kathryn Marsh
8th-grade science

I am the oldest of five children and grew up primarily in Madison, Wisconsin. My father was a professor of Veterinary Medicine there and, from a young age, I tagged alongside him at work to admire his lab and animal facilites.

Unfortunately, my father battled cancer most of his adult life. Witnessing and wondering about that disease led me ultimately to choose an education degree where I could join scientists unraveling the genetic basis of uncontrolled cell growth. I obtained my B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Twelve years ago, I moved to Boston and worked several years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School studying effects of the tumor suppressor gene.

I entered into a master's of education program five years ago at Lesley University. Subsequently, I taught seventh and eighth grades at the Brookwood School in Manchester and the Runkle School in Brookline. The last two years, before budget custs were imposed, I enjoyed teaching eighth-grade science in Acton at R.J. Grey Junior High School.

Presently I live in Acton with my two children, a son, 13, and a daughter, 10. I entered into teaching to accommodate and incorporate the big life changes that ensued once I became a parent. I possessed the qualifications to teach college, but I chose middle school because I found that level of science learning and discovery to be the most fun and engaging while still being conceptually challenging and diverse. I also felt that I had valuable insight from my extensive scientific and educational background to bring to this pivotal period in which children study science. I find the established eighth-grade physical/chemical science program at the Carlisle School to be an ideal and progressive venue for teaching and learning science. I am excited to be continuing and growing this excellent program as a new member of the Carlisle School community.

Marcella Pixley
8th grade language arts

I received my A.B. in English Literature from Vassar College where I was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa and the Alice Snyder prize for excellence in English. I also earned an M.A. in English from the University of Tennessee and an M. Litt. in Writing and Teaching from Bread Loaf School of English. As a recipient of several teacher-research grants, I had the opportunity to study the issue of cross-cultural communication in middle school classrooms. My published poetry can be found in recent editions of Feminist Studies, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Prarie Schooner, Poet Lore, Poem, Lilith and Small Pond Magazine.

I have enjoyed sharing my love of the writing process with middle school students for the past ten years, most recently at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, where I taught seventh-grade humanities, and at the Independent Day School in Middlefield Connecticut, where I taught seventh- and eighth-grade English. I am thrilled to be joining the Carlisle Public School community this fall as the new eighth-grade language arts teacher. I look forward to a year filled with the passions and opinions of my students. I can't wait to hear their voices.

Elizabeth Sherman
Middle school art

I am delighted to be the new middle school art teacher at the Carlisle School. I was born in Connecticut and lived most of my life in the town of South Windsor. When

I was young I loved to create, whether it be artworks, plays or dances. Near the end of college I decided that I wanted to pursue teaching. I realized that I could combine my love of art, passion for designing meaningful experiences, and joy of sharing and learning in a career as an art teacher.

I spent my undergraduate years at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where I completed a double major in Visual Arts and Sociology. I minored in Spanish and spent a summer studying art history at the University of Valencia in Spain. While at Bowdoin I was a member of both the field hockey and girl's lacrosse teams. Upon graduation I moved to Portland, Maine, where I worked as an assistant fifth-grade teacher at the Mary F. Marsh School and coached middle school field hockey.

I recently finished my M.A.T. at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I completed my student teaching at Bedford High School where I also coached freshman girl's lacrosse.

I have many hobbies and am always in search of new activities to try. I enjoy experimenting with art of all kinds, including painting, jewelry making, knitting, ceramics and collage. I love athletics and now coaching. I am thrilled to be a new member of the Carlisle School community and am looking forward to an exciting first year.

Patty Day

I will be teaching the Concord Area Special Education (CASE) Collaborative K-1-2 classroom in the Spalding Building. Although this is my first year teaching in Carlisle, I have been teaching with CASE for four years. My previous years of teaching with CASE were in their preschool program located in Bedford.

Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Boston after receiving my undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. I worked for a year as a teaching assistant at the Boston College Campus School, a private program for children with intensive special needs. My experiences at the Campus School lead me to enroll in graduate school at B.C. While completing my coursework, I continued working at the Campus School and interned at the Early Intervention program at Perkins School for the Blind.

CASE Collaborative services children who present with a variety of developmental delays in a combination of areas. Most if not all of the children exhibit delays in cognitive skills and academic readiness, although some of them show age-appropriate intellectual potential. Receptive and expressive communication delays of approximately I to 3 years are common. Other areas of special needs include motor planning, social skills, sensory modulation, gross motor and fine motor skills.

I currently live in Newton with my husband, Andrew. We are both big Red Sox fans and love going to Fenway. We also enjoy spending time with our bulldog Cerbie. I am very excited to start my new classroom in Carlisle!

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