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Friday, September 29, 2006


Meet the new faculty at Carlisle Public School, Part 2

The first selection of interviews with new Carlisle School faculty and administrators were printed last week. More will appear in coming issues.

Brad Cranston
Name: Brad Cranston
Current Position: Seventh Grade Science Teacher

Previous Position: AP Biology & Chemistry High School Teacher, Trinity Catholic High School, Newton

Education: BS Biology, Bates College, Maine; MA Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland

Choice of Music: Anything, from rock to jazz, classical rock, pop

Cranston, who grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, said he has enjoyed the transition from teaching high school students to teaching seventh graders. He said he is finding the students "eager for science." He wanted to become involved with the students through an afternoon activity such as the engineering club. His experience at Carlisle has been great so far. He is interested in helping the kids become organized, giving them more structure. He lives in Arlington.

Jeannie Jayne
Name: Jeannie Jayne

Current Position: Speech Therapist sixth and eighth grade

Previous Position: Speech Therapist for Evaluation and Therapy, Children's Hospital, Boston

Education: BA Sports Science Recreation Therapy, University of Connecticut; MA in both Speech/Language and in Reading from Massachusetts General Institute of Health, Boston.

Choice of Music: Folk, classic rock

Though teaching at Carlisle School is different than a hospital setting, Jayne says the team approach at the school is similar. Previous to her position at Children's, she worked at St. Agnes Center Children's Rehabilitation Center in White Plains, New York. She said her first three weeks at Carlisle School are "going great. It's a very supportive environment, and very welcoming." Jayne lives in Woburn with her husband and nine-month-old son.

Kendra Katz
Name: Kendra Katz

Current Position: Fifth Grade Teacher

Previous Position: Seventh and Eighth Grade Teacher, Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School, Franklin

Education: BA Education and French, M.Ed. Eastern Nazareth College, New York; University of Burgundy, France, one-year program

Choice of Music: World Music — Brazilian, Afro-Cuban

Katz's first year at Carlisle School is her ninth year of teaching experience. In addition to her previous position in Franklin, she has taught French K to 12, and sixth-grade Language Arts and Reading in the Blue Valley School District in Kansas. Her first few weeks in Carlisle have been very good, she said. "The fifth- grade team is great and very helpful." Parents have been very nice and supportive, sending positive e-mails to her. She and her husband will be moving to Marlboro in two weeks.

Jody Kelley
Name: Jody Kelley

Current Position: First Grade Teacher

Previous Position: First and Second Grade teacher (multi-grade class), Westford Public Schools

Education: BA Education University of Montana; MA Simmons College, Boston

Choice of Music: Gentle, calming music

Kelley, the daughter of Carlisle School Reading Specialist Steven Bober, had an interesting start to her teaching career. While in her senior year at college, she suddenly found herself in charge of the classroom in which she was student-teaching. She substituted for the year for the regular classroom teacher, who was recovering from a car accident. She then taught first grade for two years in Palm Springs, California. She says her start at the Carlisle School has been wonderful. "I love it here. Every interaction with the staff and aides is all very focused on the children." She said the parents have been very supportive. "I feel for the first time in my career that I could stay in this setting forever." She and her husband have a son, and twin daughters.

Deana Saada
Name: Deana Saada

Current Position: Band Director

Previous Position: Band Director, Wayland Schools

Education: BA, MA Music Education, Ithaca College, New York

Choice of Music: "Honestly, I enjoy all music."

Saada taught in Buffalo and Lancaster, NY, before moving to Massachusetts. She split her time in Wayland among three schools, teaching fourth and fifth grade band. She is a French horn player, and was part of a rock band in Ithaca. She plays French horn in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony in Natick. She says she has found her start at Carlisle School "overwhelming and welcoming." She said the kids are welcoming and thank her after rehearsals. She lives in Arlington.

Jennifer Stacey
Name: Jennifer Stacey

Current Position: Spanish Teacher grades 3 to 7, majority third grade

Previous Position: Spanish Teacher, Merrimack High School, Merrimack, NH

Education: BA Communication and Spanish, Bradford College, Bradford; MA Rivier College, New Hampshire, in progress

Choice of Music: Retro from the 1970s and 1980s

Stacey, who left the corporate world of Abbott Labs to become a Spanish teacher, said she had a rough start at Carlisle due to the death of her father. She is settling in, she said, and finds "exposing kids to Spanish exhilarating." The staff has been wonderful, she added. She teaches four third-grade Spanish classes, and one each of fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh. In discussing how she teaches the third-grade classes, she said she strives to make Spanish fun. She lives in Merrimack, NH, with her husband and children, ages 11, 9 and 3.

All photos by Cynthia Sorn

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