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Friday, September 22, 2006


Meet the new teachers at Carlisle School, Part 1

The new school year has begun smoothly for students at Carlisle School. Thirteen new teachers have joined the staff and are now in their third week. The Mosquito will introduce a few teachers each week in coming issues.

Richard Thompson
Name: Richard "Rick" Thompson

Current Position: Seventh-grade Special Educator

Previous Position: Special Educator grades 9-12, Saugus High School

Education: MA in Education from UMass in Boston, BA in English Literature, certified in Elementary Education and Special Education

Choice of Music: Everything — classical, folk, jazz — rock but not pop.

Thompson began as an elementary teacher 13 years ago, he explained. He took a break from teaching, working as a service manager in a car dealership (lots of customer interaction, he noted), while receiving his masters. He has enjoyed his first few weeks at Carlisle School, he said. "The staff is friendly and helpful, and it's easy to get help" when he has questions. Parents are very involved and concerned, he said, which was different from his experience in Saugus. Thompson, who lives on Nutting Lake in Billerica, has three daughters ages 7, 9, and 11.

Kelly Morin
Name: Kelly Morin

Current Position: K-1 Special Educator

Previous Position: Grade 4 inclusion teacher in Leominster

Education: BA in Education, Fitchburg State College. MA candidate.

Choice of Music: Country Music ("But I listen to everything.")

Morin's first teaching job was as an aide at Chelmsford High School. In Leominster she had an inclusion class of five students, and worked with a total of twenty students. Morin grew up in Chelmsford, and lives in Sterling with her husband. They have built a house in Westminister and "it is almost ready to move into." Her husband, a carpenter, has done the majority of the finish work in the house. When asked how she liked her first few weeks at Carlisle School she replied, "I love it. I work with only five students and I like co-teaching" in the regular classrooms.

Dan Hunt
Name: Dan Hunt

Current Positions: Physical Education K-8; Coaching at Lesley University

Previous Position: Assistant Women's Basketball Coach, Northeastern University

Education: BA English, Bridgewater State College

Choice of Music: Hip-hop, rap.

Hunt was at one time a professional basketball player in Norway for the Baerums Verk. He grew up in Kingston, Mass., and now lives in Waltham with his wife and two children, ages 4 and 2. He taught English for five years at Bedford High School and has had numerous coaching positions, including his former position at Northeastern. Recently he accepted the position of head coach for women's basketball at Lesley University. "They know my job at Carlisle is my main focus," he explained, but the coaching job is "six days a week," in the evening. He has enjoyed the start of school in Carlisle and working with the other physical education teachers. "It's been great. Margaret [Heigl] and Lynne [Carmel] have been very helpful." Pointing to a stack of activity cards, he said former Phys. Ed. teacher Phil LaPalme left plenty of resources for him to use. "My biggest challenge right now is my teaching style," which might be new to some kids, he explained. He expects politeness from the students, he explained, and asks kids to pay attention in class. "Some kids think I am strict and salute me." In discussing his fondness for hip-hop he thought he might incorporate it into the Phys. Ed. dance unit.

Cheryl Hay
Name: Cheryl Hay

Current Position: Seventh grade Language Arts

Previous Position: Seventh grade Language Arts at Abby Kelley Foster Charter Public School, Worcester, Mass.

Education: BS UMass Amherst in Fashion Marketing, M.Ed. Fitchburg State College, Middle School Education Choice of Music: Top 40 pop.

Hay grew up in Concord, attending kindergarten at the Harvey Wheeler School. "That dates me," she remarked. She and her husband have lived in West Boylston for ten years and have two children, ages 14 and 16. Teaching at Carlisle School so far has been "fabulous," she said. The teachers and students are welcoming and the parents are helpful, she added. "Teaching is my third career," she explained. The first was working for Digital Equipment Corporation, the second was staying home for nine years to raise her children, and the third is teaching. She taught at Abby Kelley Foster for eight years, the last year and half as an assistant principal.

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