Friday, July 29, 2005
Middle School art teacher resigns
First-year middle school art teacher Beth Sherman gave sudden notice of her resignation at the end of the school year in June. Sherman has taken a job at the Landmark School, a private school on the north shore for students with language-based learning disabilities. Sherman, reached by e-mail, confirmed her decision, saying, "I will be working towards a master's degree in moderate special needs through Simmons while teaching at the school.I had a wonderful experience at Carlisle and I am thankful for the opportunity to work in such an exceptional school."
Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle, reached by phone at a superintendents' conference in Mashpee, explained, "Beth left for personal reasons. She wants to work at the same school as her boyfriend. You'd be surprised how many teachers move for love." She said many younger teachers view their career as "fluid," unlike teachers in the '70s and '80s who would stay in the same school system for their entire career.
Sherman went to China
Sherman was one of four Carlisle teachers chosen to travel to China for two weeks, sponsored by the China Exchange Initiative and The China Education Association for International Exchange. She and the three other teachers participated in teacher training courses in Chinese language and culture, and were expected to develop an interdisciplinary unit for the school. "She met her obligation [to develop the China curriculum]," said Doyle, "and we have that forever."
Graham-Hadley moves up
Carlisle School elementary art teacher Courtney Graham-Hadley has accepted the middle school art teacher position. The school is currently receiving resumés for an elementary art teacher. "I'm excited about the new position," said Graham-Hadley. The middle school students will be same ones she taught as an elementary art teacher. "I've known them since kindergarten," she said, "and [I'm] excited to expand their base of art knowledge with advanced projects." "She is an extremely talented art teacher," said Doyle. "We gave Courtney our full support." Graham-Hadley has begun organizing the small brick building that houses the middle school art program. "It's beautiful, in tip-top shape." Graham-Hadley, who just finished a Primary Source course on Chinese civilization along with Carlisle School second-grade teacher Peter Darasz, will be traveling to China during the school year as part of the same China exchange program. "Middle school teacher Erin McAuley and I are planning an interdisciplinary course on Chinese art, poetry, and landscape painting." Graham-Hadley worked closely with Sherman, mentoring her and planning the China curriculum. "We haven't lost a thing," explained Doyle when asked if Sherman's quitting would affect the China interdisciplinary curriculum. "We wish Beth well."
New music, Spanish teachers
Resumés are also being received for a long-term substitute elementary music teacher to replace teacher Angela Monk, who will be going on maternity leave in November. In addition a half-time Spanish teacher will be added to support the large sixth grade, as well as offer a conversation-based Spanish class and begin planning classes for the elementary levels.
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