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Friday, October 8, 2004


Minuteman Regional High School adds three to teaching staff

William Callahan, Minuteman Regional High School Superintendent, welcomed three new faculty members to Minuteman this September, saying, "each brings solid experience, innovation and enthusiasm to their new roles. We are fortunate to have them join our teaching ranks." Carrie Wootton joined the math faculty; Judy Logue is the new Health Occupations instructor; and Crystal Auger is teaching Biotechnology.

Carrie Wootton, an Arlington resident, taught high school math in Randolph for three years, instructing classes in geometry, calculus and algebra II. At Minuteman, she is teaching grades 9 to11, from foundation classes to geometry and algebra II. She began her teaching career, however, as a kindergarten teacher, while conducting research in Miami for her second major in meteorology. Wootton holds a B.S. in mathematics and meteorology from the University of Miami, with a minor in art. "Carrie is the kind of teacher we want," said Minuteman Mathematics Department Chair Rita Gordon. "She has several years of experience and knows all the right techniques for our visual learners. She understands that students learn in different ways, at different rates, and knows how to make it fun."

She is also familiar with technology related to math and is especially excited about the SmartBoards the school has acquired which feature an interactive, computerized system on a large screen that allows parts of equations to be colored, highlighted and moved, for example, and through its connection to a computer permits Internet access for research and online posting of homework assignments. Her goals for her first year at Minuteman include "becoming very organized and becoming an expert on the SmartBoards."

After school, Wootton is still at school — teaching in the MCAS and Math Magic programs. In leisure time, she enjoys the outdoors, including skiing, hiking and camping, and she also likes to work on her Jeep.

Judy Logue comes to Minuteman from Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, where she taught in the medical assistant program for three years and served as a SkillsUSA-VICA advisor who saw her students win state medals in medical assisting and compete nationally. She also has extensive nursing experience, both as a hospital nurse and in medical group practices in Fitchburg and Concord. Logue holds an associate's degree in nursing and is completing work on her bachelor's degree at Fitchburg State College.

Her goal is to "teach as many hands-on clinical procedures as possible to prepare students to work in doctor's offices" as Minuteman changes its program focus to medical assisting. She says that a projected nursing shortage and the increased need for medical assistants will give Minuteman Health Occupations graduates many great opportunities. "Medical assisting is a huge stepping stone to physical therapy, pediatrics, veterinary medicine, nursing, medical secretary, phlebotomy, even a job making prescription glasses," she notes.

Logue teaches juniors and seniors medical procedures in the morning and writes curriculum in the afternoon for freshman and sophomores, who will be introduced to medical assisting beginning next year. Putting medical procedures and instructions in writing is nothing new for this nurse — she wrote the medical assisting competencies for the state department of education. This past summer, she spoke at a statewide education conference and also the High Schools That Work national gathering in Atlanta about validation of programs for national certification, and how her efforts helped Montachusett students take the National Healthcareer Association exam, the national credential for medical assistants.

She applied for her first teaching job on the advice of a former high school student she supervised years ago in a doctor's office, and heard about the Minuteman position when she carpooled with a colleague from the school, got back early, and decided to visit the Health Occupations area. "Each time, it was a fluke," she admits, but a positive one. "The students are receptive and eager to learn," she says of the Minuteman juniors and seniors in her program.

Logue resides in Leominster and enjoys cooking, quilting and cross-stitch. She is the mother of two daughters and a son, all in their twenties, and will become a grandmother in October.

Crystal Auger worked for eight years for biotech firm Genzyme in Framingham before coming to Minuteman to teach Biotechnology. She started in research at Genzyme but transferred to software training because of her interest in teaching, and was most recently a teleconferencing analyst. She holds a B.S. in biology from Fitchburg State College. Last year, she taught the Biotechnology Certification course in Minuteman's evening school to a class comprised primarily of older adults with a science background looking for a new career. She heard about the day school Biotechnology opening from her students. Auger put in her resumé, and said "it was very exciting" both to be interviewed and chosen.

After a month in her new job, she says the supportive staff and the personable students are making the job rewarding. "It's been fun, and I'm always learning," she says."The people here are really wonderful. They welcomed me and offer both support and feedback." Auger teaches juniors and seniors. Her goal with her students this year is to "find things that motivate them to do a good job." Putting pGLO, a green fluorescent protein into a bacteria cell adds an element of fun as the substance glows; students have also enjoyed forming their own biotech companies and choosing names for them.

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