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Friday, February 13, 2009

Carlisle School hires four replacement teachers

Four Carlisle teachers are heading out on family leave this spring. Carlisle School Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley announced two teachers have been hired and a third offered a position as substitute teacher. At the February 4 Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Hurley reported the new teachers “are well qualified and fully certified.” In March Beth Smith-Peterson will replace first-grade teacher Sandy Graham and Jane Abata will replace fourth-grade teacher Emily King. “Just yesterday afternoon, we hired Amy Fichera as a general music [teacher] replacing Angela Monke for an April family leave,” Hurley added. “She has verbally accepted the position and will sign her contract next week.” Middle School Principal Joyce Mehaffey is leading the effort of hiring a grade 6 teacher to replace English Language Arts teacher Erin Rooney in late April or May.

Hurley explained that the hiring process was done through a team which included teachers, a parent, special educators and the principals. The team reviewed “resume packages to determine eight to ten promising candidates,” Hurley explained. “We then interviewed each and reviewed portfolios and narrowed the field to two finalists for each position. These finalists taught demonstration classes and produced writing samples on-site. We observed and assessed these, debriefed with the candidates and then made recommendations.” Hurley presented the final candidates to Superintendent Doyle, and together they determined whom they would hire.

“Each new teacher will work with the leaving teacher in the classrooms for a number of days in advance of transitioning into the position,” Hurley said, adding, “None of these teachers will officially begin teaching until the family leave begins for each current teacher and the dates are variable as you know babies delivery dates often are.” ∆

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