The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 23, 2005


Carlisle welcomes new teachers and new staff . Fall brings new faces to the faculty and staff of the Carlisle Public School, as well as familiar faces in new roles.

photos by Cynthia Sorn

April Adams

Current position: Occupational Therapist

Previous position: OT, Merrimack Education Collaborative in Chelmsford
Education: BS in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut
Favorite food: Ice cream

April Adams works full time with Pre-K to grade 2 students in the Sensory Integration (SI) room in the Spalding building. She grew up in Plaistow, New Hampshire. At the Merrimack Education Collaborative, she worked for four years supporting children with severe special needs. Adams expects to work half of the time in the classroom and half in the SI room with individuals or small groups. The option for working with small groups is "good for the social skills," she explains. The SI room contains gross motor equipment such as thick mats, large balls, and a small trampoline. Adams lives in Shirley, Massachusetts, and is planning a June wedding.

Chiuling Campo
Current position: World Language - Chinese
Previous position: Chinese tutor
Education: AS in Architectural Engineering, Taiwan. MA Elementary Education candidate at Fitchburg State College
Favorite food: Homemade dumplings with shrimp, pork, and vegetables

Chiuling Campo is working on Thursdays as part of the new Chinese language classes for sixth and seventh graders. She grew up in Taiwan, moved to the United States and while studying landscape architecture in Utah she met her future husband. The expense of graduate school forced her to postpone her master's program. She and her husband eventually settled in Acton five years ago with their two children. Campo said she was a "stay-at-home mom," but began tutoring students in Chinese. She was encouraged by her students' parents to pursue her teaching degree. She is close to finishing it at Fitchburg State College.

Rachel Dayson
Current position: Elementary Art
Previous position: Art classes and workshops in Boston area
Education: BFA in Painting at Cleveland Institute of Art, MFA in Painting at Purchase College in New York.
Favorite food: Sushi

Rachel Dayson is replacing Courtney Hadley who is now teaching in the Middle School. Dayson grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and studied art in both Ohio and New York. She teaches art classes and offers workshops at the New Art Center in Newton and the Essex Art Center in Lawrence. Dayson will have a show of her paintings in May at the Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston. She hopes to brighten up the walls throughout the school with "colorful displays," and bring the school's art to the community by displaying it in the Gleason Library and at the senior center. "I think color on the wall is really important, especially for the staff." She says, "I love the spontaneity of watercolors." Dayson lives in Watertown.

Chiao Bin Huang
Current position: World Language - Chinese
Previous position: Chinese Language and Culture seminars in various schools
Education: BA Dance at Chinese Culture University, Taiwan. MA, Performing Arts at Emerson College, Boston.
Favorite food: Stir-fried green vegetables

Chiao Bin Huang is teaching Chinese three days a week to sixth and seventh graders. She grew up in Taiwan where she received her undergraduate degree in dance, with emphasis on both teaching and performance. She traveled to Boston in 1988 as part of a good-will performance group, performed at 25 colleges, and in 1989 decided to stay to receive her MA in Performing Arts from Emerson College in Boston. For ten years she has given seminars in Chinese culture, particularly in Chinese dance, paper cutting, and origami. In her ribbon dance seminars she puts on her traditional costume as part of her performance, demonstrates the dance, and teaches the students "move with the ribbon" to express feelings through dance. In 2004 she performed with Yo-yo Ma. The Chinese class will focus on conversational Chinese and Chinese culture. Huang lives in Carlisle.

Rickie McCrea
Current position: Second grade
Previous positions: Newton Public School and substitute teacher in Carlisle
Education: BA Sociology at Keene State College. MA Elementary Education at Manhattanville College, NY
Favorite food: Shrimp

Rickie McCrea grew up in Mahopac, New York. While she was in graduate school she was an intern for Pre-K to first grade at a private school for two years. After graduation she worked as a nanny for three years in Sudbury, tutored students at the Huntington Learning Center, and was a substitute teacher in Newton. McCrea has been teaching at the Carlisle School since February when she served as a substitute for a first-grade teacher on maternity leave.

"It's a nice transition" to having her own classroom this fall, she says. "My passion is for reading. The reading piece is so important, literature groups, reading out loud." McCrea lives in Norwood, which "is a little bit of a hike, maybe thirty-five minutes. I stay 'til six and after six it's fine."

Andrea Seddon
Current position: World Language - Spanish and French
Previous position: Middle School Language teacher in Newton
Education: BA in French and Spanish at the University of Arizona. MA in Education at Simmons College
Favorite food: Lobster with macaroni and cheese

Andrea Seddon is currently teaching Spanish in the middle school, but in January will also be teaching Spanish and French in the fifth grades. She taught French and Spanish in Newton for eight years. She is excited about the range of ages she will be teaching. "On the first day they [sixth graders] sat there, really wanting to learn." She uses a variety of techniques for teaching languages, which help students with different learning styles. Her first impressions of the Carlisle School were that it is organized, friendly, and welcoming. "After five minutes I feel like I was just gone for the summer." However, she has noted the lack of classroom space in the school. The classes are large (30 students) and are scattered between two buildings. One classroom is shared by the five language teachers. Andrea lives in Hollis, New Hampshire, with her husband and daughter.

Claire Wilcox
Current position: Assistant to the Superintendent
Previous positions: Director of Information Systems at Meditech, Science teacher at Concord Academy
Education: BA in Biology at Connecticut College
Favorite food: Pasta

Claire Wilcox is the Assistant to the Superintendent, replacing Peg Lynch, who retired last June. She grew up in Torrington, Connecticut. She taught science at Concord Academy for eleven years, and then moved to the high-tech industry, eventually becoming the Director of Information at Meditech. After taking a break from Meditech she looked for a closer job. "I'm done with commuting." She worked for the Carlisle Conservation Commission before accepting her current position. The job uses a lot of her skills such as organizing, computer work, and writing, she explains. "The better the schools are the better for my kids. I like to work where I am invested." Wilcox and her partner Joan live in Carlisle and have two children in the Carlisle School. "I love the atmosphere of the school and the people here have been great."

Teacher reassignments

In addition to the new teachers and staff, a number of teachers have moved to different responsibilities at the Carlisle School including:

Joan Beauchamp, from Grade eight Math/Title 1 to SPED, Grades five and six: "I am enjoying both the fifth and sixth grade.... I'm looking forward to working with these groups.... I like the change."

Chris Denaro, from Grade four to Grade six Math:"I am starting my fifth year with Carlisle and I am very happy about the opportunities that Carlisle has provided for me."

Susan Fitzgerald, from Grade four to SPED, Grades four and five:"I came to Carlisle because of the unique special education program in Carlisle. I have been very privileged to have had so many teaching and administrative opportunities as an educator in Carlisle. • Courtney Hadley, from Elementary Art to Middle School Art: "I'm excited about the new position. Middle School teacher Erin McAuley and I are planning an interdisciplinary course on Chinese art, poetry, and landscape painting."

Vanessa Marr, from Kindergarten to Grade four:"I am very excited about the move to fourth grade. I have an amazing team that has helped me prepare for this fall."

Angela Nardone, from Grade three to Grade four: "I feel very lucky to have moved to Grade four because I have a very strong understanding of exactly what the students know from their previous year in school. I am looking forward to an exciting year and we are off to a great start."

Al Ticotsky, from Systems to Grade six Science: "I am excited to teach science every day and even to do a little social studies, a connection my systems training demands."

2005 The Carlisle Mosquito