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Q and A Megan Farrell

August 10th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ms Farrell joins us this year as a Grade 4 Teacher. She has taught in NYC but calls Boston her home.  Here is a brief Q and A with her:

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I had an amazing seventh grade science teacher who taught me how to think and ask questions while guiding me in the right direction. Since then, I knew I wanted to inspire students to be enthusiastic about learning, similar to how he had done for me. There is nothing better than the look in a student’s eyes when he or she becomes excited about the learning experience.

What excites you about coming to the Lane School?

The Lane School exemplifies the type of community of learners that I have always hoped to teach at in my career. After my visits to the school, it was evident that the Lane School was developing children into well rounded learners who were exposed to all different aspects of learning. I am excited to work with my co-workers to develop cross-curricular, hands on learning experiences to challenge our students to go above and beyond.

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

I participated in a fifth grade play that my friends still talk about to this day when we get together to catch up. Looking back as an educator, I realize how amazing it was that my teachers were able to develop a curriculum that not only incorporated the play into our classroom, but they were also able to included every student on multiple levels.

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

I am originally from the area, but I have been teaching in Harlem for three years. I also coached the Promise Academy fourth and fifth grade boys flag football team, in which we placed second after a tough loss in our championship game.

Any highlights from the summer so far?

I am headed on a three week backpacking trip to Europe. I will be visiting England, France, Spain, and Italy!

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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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First Prize Quilt

September 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments

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Students in Ms. Ferguson’s Third Grade Class worked on a square depicting an event from The American Colonial Period (1620-1783).  Each drawing has a sentence or two describing the event.  The squares were then put together in a quilt.  Natalie Knight’s grandmother, Mercedes Saber (Abby), volunteered to sew our quilt together.  This was the first time that a class quilt had to travel to another state to be sewn together.  Natalie’s grandmother lives in Florida!  Natalie and her family traveled to Florida during February Vacation packing our 25 quilt squares in their luggage.  The squares were left in Florida and Abby worked tirelessly to expertly sew our quilt together.  Abby’s sewing machine was too small, so she carried the quilt to Natalie’s Grand Aunt’s house to use her big sewing machine to finish the quilt.  The backing on the quilt was donated by Grand Aunt’s daughter, Belkis.  Abby then patiently sewed the stars on by hand.  When the quilt was completed, Abby packed it in her luggage and flew to Bedford for a visit with Natalie’s family.  The quilt was then delivered to us at Lane School and we displayed it during our Colonial Concert and Display Day on June 5, 2009.  Ms. Ferguson then entered the quilt in the Marshfield Fair and we won First Place.  The quilt is now on display outside Room 3 at Lane School with the winning blue ribbon.  Thank you Abby and Natalie’s family!

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New Grade 3 Teacher

August 11th, 2009 · No Comments

We welcome Jim Wichterman as our new grade 3 teacher to replace John Espejo. Jim is a former meteorologist, who changed careers to become a teacher.

Finally I will have someone on staff who can give me a reliable opinion on whether we should have outdoor recess or not during the winter (just kidding Jim)

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Staff Changes

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Unfortunately Mr. Espejo, our well-liked grade three teacher, has taken a leave of absence to move with his fiance, former teacher Courtney Marion, up to Maine.

I hope to announce his replacement within a week.

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