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  • 06 May 2022 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    What do you do at LPS?

    My main role at LPS is the art teacher. I teach students from both middle and high school. I try to help every student find their love of creativity and self expression. I am also the After School Coordinator and create the yearbook for the Middle School.

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    Last year was my first year at LPS as the Art Teacher but that was not my first role at LPS. About 9 years ago I taught Performing Arts for five years before taking a break to work on cruise ships with my husband (a job I held for 10 years prior to my time at LPS.)

    What is your most memorable student experience or favorite teaching moment?

    Anytime a student says to me that they used to hate art but now they love it. I want to show every student that art is all around them and each and every one of us has some artistic talent inside of us! I love helping students discover their inner artist.

    What is your personal philosophy?

    I heard a quote once when I was in High School that has stuck with me for a while. It is ‘Make people laugh and they will love you forever.’ I think life is too short to be too serious. Focusing on laughter and fun brings us all together and makes life worth living!

    What keeps you motivated?

    I know it is cliché but the only answer is the students. They are all so hilarious and crack me up everyday. It is hard to lose motivation when you are having so much fun at work!

    What is the last book you read?

    Lately I have been reading a lot of Stephen King books. I love all things spooky and I love how long they are so I can be immersed in the world of the book for a long time.

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    I’m always binge watching a show. Watching television is one of my favorite things to do! Currently I’m binging Chicago Fire by myself and Castle with my husband.

    What's one thing you couldn't live without?

    Travel! I love nothing more than trips and vacations. Getting to travel the world, meeting new people, seeing new things, experiencing new cultures is the most rewarding thing and I feel so lucky to have gotten to travel so much in my life.

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

    What a tough question! I have been to over 70 countries so narrowing it down to one is quite tough. Antarctica is like nothing I have ever experienced before, Thailand is a ton of fun and has the most amazing people, Croatia and Bermuda are places where every time I go back I discover something new and Iceland is the best place to go for an adventure… I could go on all day but those would be my top five! If you ever need travel tips be sure to come to me!

    Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

    I love everything Zombies… Books, Movies, Comics, TV Show… if it has a zombie in it I can’t get enough of it!

  • 01 Apr 2022 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    What do you do at LPS?

    I am a Language Arts / Reading teacher in the Middle School! This is my 5th year at LPS, and for my first 3 years, I taught math!

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    Before LPS, I worked at a private special education school in Potomac, Maryland. It’s a very similar population to LPS, but much smaller (35 students in the entire school)!

    What is your favorite part of being an educator?

    The “lightbulb” moment. It’s such a fulfilling moment when a student has been struggling with a concept and then it finally clicks!!

    Why did you get into education?

    Throughout my K-12 years, school was always a challenge. So many teachers throughout elementary, middle, and high school helped me along the way and were so patient with me. I feel that teaching is my way to “give back” and help kids as other teachers have done for me. Although every student is different, I feel like I’ve been in my students shoes and can relate to them in that way.

    What is the best book you have ever read?

    I was never a big reader, but one of the silver linings of quarantine was diving into so many good books! I can’t pick just one, but some favorites are Malibu Rising, Northern Spy, and Verity.

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    I am currently watching the Dropout on Hulu. It’s so captivating!

    Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

    I like listening to Queen and other rock bands as well as country music!

  • 04 Mar 2022 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    Can you explain what you do at LPS?

    As a counselor, I primarily work one-to-one with students and communicate regularly with their families and staff. Students work with me to voice and address their learning and social concerns while building on their own self-regulation and social skills. I also teach a few Health and Student Issues courses which focus on important topics related to students’ overall well-being.

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    I recently graduated from a master’s program at Boston University. While completing my master’s degree, I interned at an elementary school in Waltham and Arlington Youth Counseling Center while working as an in-home behavior therapist.

    What do you most looking forward to in your role with LPS?

    Connecting with students, families, and staff to facilitate a positive learning experience for all of my students.

    Why did you get into education?

    Education is a fundamental building block for success and a huge part of everyone’s childhood. As a school counselor, I recognize the importance of education and strive to create the best environment for students to focus on both their social-emotional and academic progress.

    What is your favorite part of being an educator?

    Seeing students learn new skills and have positive interactions with their peers.

    What is your personal philosophy?

    “Do what’s expected, then do some more.” - A daily quote from my 8th grade principal, Ann Esselstein, that still resonates with me today.

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    Modern Family and Abbott Elementary

    What's one thing you couldn't live without?

    Some type of pet - especially a cat or a dog.

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

    My dad and my two older brothers.

    Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

    I’m a huge sports fan - especially when it comes to Ohio State and the Boston Celtics. Being a Celtics fan may not be a surprise living in Massachusetts, but it set me apart growing up in Ohio.

  • 03 Feb 2022 11:01 AM | Anonymous

    Can you explain what you do at LPS?

    I strive every day to teach students new skills that students can use in their daily lives, their school day and their professional career. Even if it’s not culinary related I hope they can use the skill or concept as a work tool.

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    Directly before I was working full-time at Tomasso Trattoria. My last teaching assignment was at Bay Path Vocational and before that at Putnam Vocational in Springfield. I’ve also taught Adult Education classes at Keefe Tech and Assabet Vocational. As a chef, we are teaching our staff daily.

    What are you most looking forward to in your new role with LPS?

    I get to work with the great population here at LPS and feed them good food as well.

    Why did you get into education?

    I wanted to transfer my skill set from a daily grind to being able to teach the next generation, hoping they will learn a usable skill in their daily lives.

    What is your favorite part of being an educator?

    Seeing the students’ progress in their personal lives, today and in the future.

    What keeps you motivated?

    Seeing the students actions and confidence build so they realize ‘I can do that’ and they can bring it home to their families or use in their work lives.

    What is your most memorable student experience or favorite teaching moment?  

    One of my former students at Bay Path, whom I recommended for Skills USA started working at the same restaurant I was at and progressed to being my manager. Last year I recommended she apply for a teaching position at Bay Path and she was hired for it.

    What does true leadership mean to you?

    Being able to naturally motivate others while concentrating on what’s truly important and concentrating on the benefits of the action. Someone who may take a calculated risk, even in the face of potential failure.

    What is the best book you have ever read?

    Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, Anthony Bourdain

    What is the last book you read?

    Six Rings: The Super Bowl History of the New England Patriots

    What is your personal philosophy?

    You only get out of it what you put into it. This includes life, work, relationships and even a recipe.

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    City on the Hill, Ozark

    What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

    Divorce and closing my restaurant at the same time of my life.

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

    Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. I lump them together because they were all part of a 6 month-jaunt

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

    My parents

  • 14 Jan 2022 9:29 AM | Anonymous

     (Martha in front of the Hamilton stage)

    What do you do at LPS?

    I am a high school Literature and Language Arts teacher. I have been teaching at LPS since 2012.

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    Before I came to LPS, my career in education encompassed several different facets. I was a high school English teacher, and directed a resource room in a public high school in Western Massachusetts. Additionally, I taught at the Linden Hill School in Northfield, Massachusetts, which was a school for middle school boys diagnosed with dyslexia. The school was founded over fifty years ago, and it was the first school in the United States specializing in educating middle school boys diagnosed with dyslexia. There, I was both a Literature and Language Arts teacher.

    What is your favorite part of being an educator?

    First, and foremost, having the privilege to work with such an amazing group of LPS students whose kindness, determination and courage allows them to reach their potential and goals is an extraordinary gift. Additionally, everyday I'm excited to be able to share all the wonders we can learn from books about ourselves, about the world's people, their cultures, struggles, and achievements.

    Why did you get into education?

    In my freshman year of college, I stepped into a middle school English class, as a reading tutor. There, I experienced a sense of wonder and privilege to be entrusted with helping students to know they could achieve. From that moment, I knew I would become a teacher.

    What keeps you motivated?

    I'm motivated by my students, and the joy of teaching and learning. I do believe that teaching and learning are reciprocal. At the end of each day, I recount all that I have learned, which guides me to do better the next day. For over four decades, this has been a guiding force in my teaching. And with this, I start each day anew, and though it may seem paradoxical, with a "beginner's " mind. This is what keeps me motivated!

    What is your most memorable student experience or favorite teaching moment?

    I have been so very fortunate to have experienced innumerable, amazing teaching moments and experiences. I do think collectively, and, very simply, what means the most to me is when students say, "Thank You", or write a thank you note expressing their sentiments of what they may have learned, or have been inspired to continue learning after they have graduated.

    What is the last book you read?

    The last book I read was The Education of an Idealist by Samantha Powers. The book I am presently reading is Solid Seasons: the Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    On PBS, I'm currently watching and loving the British production of James Herriot's novel "All Creatures Great and Small".

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

    London is one of the best places I've traveled to for so many reasons. Though, right now, I would say attending theatrical performances in the West End, and being part of its cultural heritage was an extraordinary experience!

    Who is your biggest inspiration?

    My mother and father were my inspiration, and greatest teachers. They both immigrated to America after having survived the Armenian Genocide. They instilled in me the value of education, a work ethic, and family.

    What is something that might surprise us about you?

    The summer before my freshman year of college, I worked as a waitress, and at the same time, I had the opportunity to work as an assistant to a New York Times Washington bureau Pulitzer Prize winning journalist.

  • 03 Dec 2021 12:21 PM | Anonymous

    What is your personal philosophy?

    “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” (Kahlil Gibran)Laughter is the best medicine; having a sense of humor can get you through the worst of times. And as my dad always said, a smile goes a long way.

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    I’ve been at LPS for eight years, and prior to that I provided Occupational Therapy Services in the Wayland Public School system for twelve years. I went to Simmons for my Master’s in Education in AT, and I’m so glad I did because I love what I do and where I do it. 

    Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

    I lived in a tent on the side of a mountain in Alaska for three months!

    What keeps you motivated?

    My motivation at work comes from the excitement of learning something new every day, whether from my colleagues or our students. It’s a gift to be part of a supportive, collaborative environment, and I’m inspired by the efforts our students put forth every single day. LPS is truly a special place! 

    What three traits define you?

    Compassionate, committed, and positive. 

    Last book you read?

    The last few books I’ve read include Jane Austen and Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper. I’m currently reading How to be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

    What do you like to do for fun?

    When I’m not at work I enjoy living on the beach (it’s a crazy commute but worth it), paddle boarding, sea kayaking, reading, baking, walking, running, family time, funny movies, puzzles, game night, and cats (with fingers crossed for a dog in the spring).

    Favorite Holiday Movie?

    My favorite holiday movie is Elf. Smiling's my favorite! 

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while anxiously awaiting the final seasons of Doc Martin and Victoria.

    What's one thing you couldn't live without?

    A sense of humor and my husband and daughters who keep me laughing, even in the darkest times.

    Can you explain what you do at LPS? 

    I’m the Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist. AT, as defined by IDEA, is: “Any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” AT services are defined as, “Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.” AT can be low tech, such as a reading strip with colored overlay for visual tracking, whereas high tech tools include online programs. Here are some of the high tech tools available to all our students at LPS: Read&WriteBookshareKami, and our most recent addition, BARD (Braille & Audio Reading Download; over 200,000 human voice audiobooks with unlimited copies and borrow time for all LPS students). The above AT tools enable students to listen to digital text, including their own typed text for editing, using text to speech. Additional features include adjustable speech rate, voice options, highlighting in sync with audio (or students can mute the audio and follow along at their independent reading rate), highlight tools, collect highlights, built in dictionary and picture dictionary, vocabulary list creator, word prediction, speech to text, audio notes, screen recordings, and more.

    One of the things I love most about LPS is that our educators follow the guidelines of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) by automatically differentiating. Students learn how they learn best and express what they know in the way that works best for them. They have the tools they need in order to be successful while simultaneously receiving remedial services from their teachers. Not every student needs the same tools to be successful - one size doesn’t fit all - but every student should have what they need so they can be successful. It’s like reading glasses; they’re specific to one's needs and without them we couldn’t see, therefore, glasses are within the scope of AT. Reading glasses aren’t cheating, and likewise, using AT tools isn’t cheating. Here’s my favorite UDL poster, which conveys this message perfectly.

  • 01 Oct 2021 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    Where were you before you came to LPS?

    Before joining LPS I was an Implementation Specialist in Rhode Island working for NE Basecamp. I had the opportunity to implement curriculum, coach and design professional development for teachers and use data to inform instruction. Prior to that I taught ELA, Special Education and Advanced Placement classes in grades 5-12 in Massachusetts.

    What are you most looking forward to in your new role with LPS?

    I am most looking forward to getting to know all of the fantastic LPS students, building relationships with the parents and families and learning from this amazing team!

    What is your favorite part of being an educator?

    My favorite part of being an educator is learning from my students and colleagues. I believe that part of everyone’s journey is to learn from the people around them. I am so lucky to be a part of a team of people that makes every day meaningful and reflective.

    What keeps you motivated?

    My 24 and 21 year old daughters keep me motivated. Their determination, empathy and amazing sense of humor inspires me to be my best. Sometimes it is just the smile I see on their face when they have met their goal or the perseverance they endure when overcoming obstacles. My daughters have a unique perspective on life that encourages me to be the best person I can be.

    What does true leadership mean to you?

    True leadership involves everyone! In order to be a good leader you must build relationships, trust and confidence with your colleagues and students. A leader must be an empathetic listener but also have the ability to clearly communicate, while being consistent yet flexible. We are all human and make mistakes, the true gift of being a human is learning and growing from your mistakes.

    Let’s switch gears….

    What shows are you currently binge watching?

    I love Netflix and Hulu. I am currently binge watching “Nine Perfect Strangers”, “ATYPICAL” and all the seasons of “Ozark.”

    What three traits define you?

    Dedicated, open-minded and optimistic.

    What's one thing you couldn't live without?

    I can not live without CHOCOLATE!

    What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

    The greatest challenge I have had to overcome has been the loss of my father a little over a year ago. He was the person that taught me how to ride a bike, drive a car and was there every step of the way through my educational journey and even when I became a first time home owner. More importantly, he was a man that was patient (especially being a dad to 3 girls), kind and always gave sage advice without judgement. His passion was to be a teacher, but instead he chose to work several jobs at one time to support his family. On our yearly family trips to Cape Cod he would teach us about erosion and types of birds while showing us how to appreciate the little things like enjoying the sounds of the waves crashing against the shoreline. Losing a loved one is in an indescribable pain that poses challenges to every aspect of your life However, I am thankful that the memory of him lives on everyday in the stories our family shares about him, with his quirky flannel shirts we still wear and within my two daughters who encompass his witty sense of humor, determination and willingness to see the world through an educational lens.

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

    I love to travel and have much more of the world to see, but my favorite place thus far was when I visited Costa Rica about 10 years ago. The people, landscape and food was absolutely incredible!

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