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Carolyn Carr…New Special Education Teacher

July 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Carolyn Carr is one of several new special education hires at Lane. We feel very fortunate to have found Carolyn in our hiring process. She will be working in Grade 4 next year.

Here is my interview with Carolyn to help you get to know her.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I decided to become a teacher when I worked at my high school’s preschool. The preschoolers love of exploration learning made me appreciate learning more. Now I want to help students who learn differently access the curriculum and build confidence in different areas. It is rewarding to see my students have a “lightbulb moment” after working hard on a concept.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I felt a draw to Lane School the moment I walked in. From Ms. Lua and Ms. Ricci’s friendliness in the office to students saying “Good morning!” to me in the hallway. I am excited to join such a vibrant community in Bedford. Previously I was in a co-taught classroom in Newton, so I am excited to bring my knowledge of co-teaching, guided reading, literacy centers, growth mindset, and multi-sensory learning.

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

My fondest memory in elementary school was when I won Best in Show in the school’s art show in the fourth grade. I won because I drew a realistic (for a cartoon) painting of Genie from the Aladdin. I spent a lot of time and effort on that painting, so I was happy to see my work be acknowledged in that way. As an educator, I realize the importance to acknowledge the accomplishments (no matter how small or big) of my students.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I am an Irish twin! My sister and I were born in the same calendar year, so we are the same age each month. When we were little my mom would get calls from camps saying that she put the wrong year down for my sister.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

This summer I was able to go down to the Cape a few times. I also spent a lot of time with friends and family.

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SAIL Teacher Q and A

July 25th, 2017 · No Comments

We are very excited to welcome the SAIL program to the Lane School.  The Inclusive SAIL Program is designed to serve Bedford Public School students in grades K-12 with educational needs related to an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other related disabilities. Rachel Orlovsky will be our lead teacher for the program. Last year Rachel worked at the Davis School’s SAIL program.

Here is a short Q and A with Rachel.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Probably the most influential person in my desire to become a teacher was my mother. When I was young I would often go to work with her and spend time with her students. She taught a special education life skills program at a high school in New Jersey. She loved what she did and her students adored her. I remember realizing how instrumental she was in giving her students the tools and skills they needed to be successful in and out of school and I knew that I wanted to someday be in a profession as meaningful and fulfilling. During college, I began working at a hospital school for medically fragile children with severe physical and cognitive disabilities. When I started here it was for my Music Therapy practicum, however as I spent more time in the school I realized that I loved all aspects of the educational process. I ended up working at this school as a teaching assistant and eventually as a teacher. The students I met there taught me that all children have the potential to learn, grow and contribute their community. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wanted to dedicate my life to teaching and supporting the most unique and vulnerable learners.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?
I am excited to come to Lane School because I have had the opportunity to witness the camaraderie and collaboration that exists there. Every person I’ve met so far has been welcoming, supportive and encouraging. The teachers and administrators in this school seem truly passionate about the success of their students and colleagues and I am looking forward to being a part of this kind of community.

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?
Although I loved my teachers in elementary school and have many fond memories of the projects we did and books we read, probably my fondest memory from this time was meeting my best friend. We met when we were 10 years old and have enjoyed 20+ years of friendship. Even though we now live in different states and lead different lives, we remain as close as we were when we were kids and I think that comes from forming a bond at this developmentally challenging age. We supported each other through the ups and downs of navigating the social dynamics of elementary and middle school and for that, I will always be grateful.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
One thing people might be surprised to learn about me is that I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I was really small for my age when I was younger and I was absolutely terrible at team sports but martial arts helped to build my physical coordination and my self-confidence at the same time.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

Some of my summer highlights so far include: spending time with my dogs and cats, reading on the beach, traveling to the Cape and spending time writing and playing music.

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Let’s Welcome Ms Curran (Gr 5 Special Education)

July 18th, 2017 · No Comments

We are excited to welcome Katie Curran, our new Grade 5 Special Education teacher. Katie recently worked as a high school science teacher.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I had fantastic teachers growing up and have always loved to share my interest in science with others. I went to college in Maine where I got to help with science day at an elementary school through activities like geocaching and plant dissections. When I was younger, I always enjoyed classroom work most when I could help others. I found explaining math helped me learn and I kept doing it as a tutor in high school, teaching assistant in college, and now as a teacher.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I am really excited to meet all of the students, staff, and chickens at the Lane School. I am looking forward to hearing about Project Adventure from all of my fifth graders!

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

My favorite memory in fifth grade was reading Tuck Everlasting. We read aloud in small groups and I became engrossed in the story as well as larger questions about life.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I grew up right next door in Concord so my favorite ice cream is purple cow chip from Bedford Farms.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

I chaperoned a camping trip in Maine and everyone finished the hike without any falls as the name Tumbledown might suggest !

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Interview with new Special Education Administrator

July 17th, 2017 · No Comments

As some of you may know, Luann Foley retired last December from the Special Education Administrator position at Lane. We were fortunate to have Sarah Orlov take over the job for the remainder of the school year. However, Sarah has recently accepted a promotion in a district closer to her home. Although multiple changes can be difficult for a school, here at Lane we take great pride in ensuring smooth transitions for staff, students and families. With this in mind, we are very excited to announce Michelle Dellavalle will be coming over to the Lane School from Bedford High School to be our long term Special Education Administrator.  Michelle brings lots of well-rounded experience to the position. I know parents will appreciate her support in making sure students with disabilities are successful at Lane.

Here is a short “Q and A” with Michelle to introduce her to the Lane community.

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I officially decided to become a teacher after accepting a part-time job while in college as a long-term substitute teacher in an alternative learning program in Amherst. This was my first introduction to the world of special education and I knew right away that it was my career path. It made me realize that I had always been interested in this population- from a job in high school reading to a blind elderly woman to babysitting a family friend who had cerebral palsy to my interest in our 5th grade curriculum, Understanding Disabilities. I have always had a fondness for working with people with unique differences but hadn’t known much about Special Education. Although it was too late to change my undergraduate major from Psychology to education (though I tried!), I planned to pursue Special Education for my Master’s degree.

What makes you excited about coming to the Lane School?

I am excited to see Bedford from a new perspective! I have been in the district for ten years at JGMS and then BHS. I am excited to come to Lane to be a part of the work that goes into building our students’ foundational skills. I am also really looking forward to field day!

What is your fondest memory when you were in Gr 3-5 as a student?

I think that my fondest memory from grades 3-5 was the Understanding Disabilities curriculum that I mentioned in the first question. As 5th graders, we were exposed to people with a variety of different disabilities and participated in activities designed to help us to experience life as a person with a disability. I have no doubt that this helped me gain empathy and understanding for those with differences.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

People are often surprised to learn that I lived in Las Vegas! After living in California and looking for a new adventure, my husband and I moved to Nevada where I finished my Master’s degree and worked at a high school in the Clark County School district. Although a wonderful and unique experience, we happily moved back to Mass in 2007.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

At the end of June, we traveled to Asheville, North Carolina to visit family. We ate BBQ, hiked and toured the Biltmore mansion. What a great way to kick off the summer!

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Q and A with Ms Salk (new Gr 3 SPED teacher)

August 17th, 2016 · No Comments

What makes you excited about coming to Lane?

After working at Davis Elementary School in the past, I am looking forward to working in such a wonderful community. I think what excites me the most about coming to Lane is being able to work in a very supportive and welcoming environment. I am also excited to meet my new students as well as see some familiar faces.

What is your favorite memory from when you were in grades 3-5?

One of my favorite memories from elementary school was when I was in the Fifth grade. I always loved to be in plays when I was younger and I remember auditioning for the school play, which was the Lion King. Although I did not get the part I wanted, I remember how much fun I had to get to dress up as a giraffe and do something I loved with all of my friends.

What made you want to be a teacher?

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher. I have always loved working with children whether it was working at a summer camp, babysitting or working in a school. The main reason I wanted to be a teacher was not just because I love working with children but because I love seeing children succeed at school. I think what I love the most about teaching is that not only am I able to help my students reach their goals but how much I learn when working with each one of my students.

Tell us one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

One thing that may surprise some people is that I am a very adventurous person and love trying new experiences. I have gone zip-lining, waterfall repelling and I even went skydiving wearing a Mrs. Incredible costume.

What have you been doing this summer?

This summer I have been spending a lot of time enjoying the warm weather and sitting out on my back porch trying to catch up on my own summer reading list. My dog Tessie has also kept me very busy and I loved taking her on long hikes this summer. I have also been able to spend time with my family and friends as well as doing some traveling before school starts.

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New Reading Teacher

August 13th, 2015 · No Comments

We have hired Kate Briggs to replace our long-time Reading Teacher, Linda Volpicelli. Kate comes to us from the Wellesley schools.  Here is a Q and A with Kate to help you get to know her.

Why did you want to become a reading teacher?

I have been a classroom teacher for about ten years, and my desire to become a reading teacher stemmed out of my love of being a classroom teacher.  Over time I realized how incredibly important the ability to read is to students, especially struggling students, and I wanted to learn more about how to help my strugglers.

What excites you about coming to the Lane School?

I have spent almost all of my career teaching third through fifth grade as a classroom teacher, and I am so excited to be able to focus on those grades as a reading teacher. I got such a great, warm feeling being at the Lane School for my interview, and I am really looking forward to working together to collaborate for the success of all of our students.

What is your fondest memory of when you were in grades 3-5 as a student?

I absolutely loved my third, fourth and fifth grade teachers; their faces are what jumped into my head as I thought about this question.  I was a very shy child and I remember being a finalist in the school spelling bee as fifth grader; it came down to myself and an eighth grader, and we went back and forth for a long time.  At one point, my teacher Mr. Horwitt snuck out to call my mom and fill her in and my mom told me later that he was crying.  I just felt so loved and I felt how proud he was of me on that day, which really pushed me to try to take more risks and helped me believe in myself.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

For a short time as a child I wanted to be an actress; when I was twelve I ended up starring in a short film that was an NYU film student’s thesis project.  It premiered at our local movie theater; the highlight of my short-lived acting career!

Any highlights from the summer so far?

I am writing this from vacation in Maine with my family; it is so amazing to be by the ocean and to be out in nature.  I got to try stand-up paddle boarding and am loving it!

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Interview with Jon Mari

August 13th, 2015 · No Comments

As some of you may know, our school psychologist, Colleen Farnham, will be out this year on maternity leave. She had a healthy baby girl in July!! We have hired Jon Mari to take her place. Jon will make a wonderful addition to our staff.

Here is a short Q and A with Jon:

Why did you want to become a school psychologist?

Whether it was through early volunteering or tutoring experiences, I have always found it rewarding to help struggling students. It was interesting to discover each individual’s unique experience at school. School psychology has also enabled me to collaborate with other education professionals to hopefully have a positive impact on students.

What excites you about coming to the Lane School?

I am excited to meet and work with the faculty at Lane School. I feel very lucky in joining a great school district. The campus is beautiful and I look forward to learning more about the Bedford community.

What is your fondest memory of when you were in grades 3-5 as a student?

During my fourth grade year, I came in second place at the school spelling bee. The following year, when the competition was again approaching, I began studying word lists daily and even made flash cards for words I had trouble with. It was one of my fondest memories because the motivation and hard work paid off.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I love attending exercise classes via CrossFit gyms I learn new things every day and surprise myself at the progress I have made the past three and a half years. It is always fun and engaging. Each day is different and there is always a skill that I need to work or improve on.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

The highlight of this summer has definitely been the process of moving from Florida to the greater Boston area. I am excited for new surroundings and looking forward to creating new experiences in such a great community.

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Q and A Amy Campbell

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Amy Campbell will be a Grade 4 Classroom Teacher starting this year. She worked as a Special Education teaching assistant and Project Adventure Assistant last year at Lane. Fun Fact….she is a product of the Bedford Public Schools.

Here is a brief Q and A with her:

Why did you want to become a teacher?

Pursuing a career in teaching is something that I have been certain about ever since I was   a little girl. I have always had a thirst for learning and being able to share that with students is something that I am truly passionate about. I love the nature that teaching presents in that it is a never ending, continuous cycle of learning and growth for both teachers and students. I wanted to become a teacher because I want to be a part of making a difference in the life of a child. I want to help them be the creators of their own futures as they learn, discover, take chances, and achieve goals. I want to be able to share these moments with students and inspire them to be the best they can be, just as my former teachers did for me.

What excites you about coming to the Lane School?

This past year I enjoyed working at Lane School and am excited to move into a new role as a fourth grade teacher. I am most excited about working at Lane because of the sense of community and its hard working culture. Lane School feels like one big family in that there is a welcoming and positive atmosphere, making it an environment I look forward to being a part of each day. I am also greatly looking forward to working with a wonderful team of teachers, students, and parents.

What is your fondest memory of when you were in grades 3-5 as a student?

It is difficult to choose just one, however when looking back at my experiences in grades 3-5, the first thing that comes to mind is the incredible teachers I had. I grew up in Bedford, attended Lane School, and had teachers that provided me with learning experiences that have stuck with me my whole life. I especially have fond memories of Project Adventure and creating human mummies during a unit of study on the Ancient Egyptians. Although these may sound silly, I still look back on these moments with nothing but smiles and hope to create these types of memories for my students.

Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

One thing that people may be surprised to learn about me is that I have a black belt in Kenpo Karate. Karate was a huge part of my youth and although I am currently not practicing today, I still remember a move or two.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

So far this summer I have been able to enjoy some sun and work at a new program at Bedford Summer Adventures.  I am also looking forward to a trip I have planned to Florida in August.

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Questions for Mr. Ackerman

December 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Although the newspaper is slowly dying, we still have some future hard-hitting reporters here at Lane.

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