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Michelle Cuddy, Educational Team Facilitator for Grades 10-12

Michelle Cuddy, Educational Team Facilitator for Grades 10-12

 What made you want to be an educator?

I have always been interested in social justice, and I really feel like a strong education can help. I had a lot of great experiences in high school (tutoring and volunteering in an after school program for students with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties), as well as college (tutoring, Teacher Education Program at Holy Cross, and student teaching in Worcester). These experiences were all fantastic and solidified my goal of working in education.

What is your favorite part of being an educator? 

I’ve been working in education for 12 years now. For the last 5 years before joining LPS I was working as a history, math, and life skills teacher in residential and therapeutic programs. 

What were you like as a student?

Busy! I was very motivated to do well in school, but also participated in many extracurriculars, like band, orchestra, soccer, and lacrosse, in addition to tutoring and volunteer opportunities.

What are the biggest challenges that teachers face today?

I think the biggest challenge in education is a lack of time. Educators have so many tasks to complete each day and sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day.

What is your very favorite place?

Anywhere near the water! I’ve been going to the same spot on Cape Cod for 20+ years, right on a pond. It’s so relaxing!

What keeps you motivated? 

Having a really positive Team Meeting, where we see through data and evaluations that a student has made a lot of progress is so motivating to me! It shows that everyone’s hard work - especially the student’s determination - is paying off. 

What shows are you currently binge watching?

Stranger Things. I was late to start watching it, but was immediately hooked once I started!

What is your favorite LPS lunch?

Turkey burrito bowl!

What is the best book you have ever read?

It’s hard to choose just one. I really like audiobooks, especially ones that are read by the author. Ones that jump to mind are Michael J. Fox’s Lucky Man, Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, and Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father.

Where is the best place you've traveled to and why?

I took a trip around the Mediterranean, which was absolutely gorgeous. I started in Rome and then went to Sicily and the Amalfi Coast in Italy, before going to Malta. Then, I spent some time in Greece- Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, and Rhodes. The landscapes were beautiful, and as a former history teacher, I loved seeing things in person that I had read about for so many years.