District Teachers 2010-2011

Historian Evaluation Template (2011)


headshot_pcondon_10.jpgPatrick Condon -- East Middle School
For the past two years, I have taught English and Social Studies in both the seventh and eighth grade at East Braintree Middle School. As a new teacher, I have found the past few years challenging yet enjoyable at the same time. Before coming to Braintree, I worked as a paraprofessional at Dedham Middle School for a year and a half. In terms of my own education, I have received my Masters of Ed. in Secondary English ('10) as well as my B.A. in English and History ('06) from Boston College. I am looking forward to taking part in this Becoming America program as a means of collaborating with my great colleagues and furthering my expertise on the Humanities front.

headshot_nforbes_10.jpgNatalie Forbes - Highlands
I am very happy to be a part of the program this year. It was not until my adult life that history started to come alive for me and I’ve begun to realize the importance of knowing and understanding our history. I’m eager to learn more and share it with the young children with whom I work!
I currently teach special education at Highlands Elementary in Braintree. I graduated from Providence College with a BA in Elementary and Special Education. I worked as a moderate special needs teacher at Manomet Elementary in Plymouth for the 2005-2006 school year before coming to work in Braintree in the fall of 2006. A couple of years ago I received my Masters in Special Education (moderate disabilities) from Bridgewater State and have now worked with every grade from K – 5 here at Highlands. I hope to earn my Ed.D. at some point in the not-so-distant future, but for now am very happy where I am. I’m looking forward to the challenges and rewards of participating in the program this year and hope to be able to share with my co-teachers the great lessons we’ll be creating!
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tlp_10_kgamache.jpgKathryn Gamache -- East Middle School
Hi! I am excited about being a part of this project. I just finished my first year teaching 6th grade Ancient Civilizations at East Middle School in Braintree and it was a fun year. Before I came to Braintree I taught 7th grade Ancient Civilization in Quincy for one year and taught history at a therapeutic day school in Cambridge for one year. I have a BA in Sociology from UMass Boston and originally worked as a social worker for the state. I found myself being drawn into teaching by my love for the subject of history and my interest in working with kids at the middle school age. I just completed my my Masters of Ed. from Umass Boston and I am look forward to this year working with the program and learning from my colleagues.
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headshot_rporter_10.jpgRachel Porter - East Middle School
Hello! My name is Rachel, and I am a second year teacher at East Middle School in Braintree. I teach 8th grade U.S. History I (Revolution through Reconstruction), and I love my job. While many people cringe at the mere thought of middle school, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else! I graduated from Boston University in 2007, with a B.S. in Social Studies Education. I spent one year as a paraeducator at Dover-Sherborn Middle School before finding my way to Braintree. As a new teacher, I am looking forward to collaborating with and learning from my colleagues in the Becoming America project.
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headshot_dvose_10.jpgDeborah Vose--South & East Middle Schools, Media Specialist
Taking part in book discussions sponsored through the Teaching American History grant made me realize that I relish reading about history, and also how much misinformation I possess about the subject. I have a strong desire to learn as much as I can about our country's history and impart it to my students. I have an undergraduate degree in English from Colby College, and a masters in library science from Simmons, and was a school media specialist even back when microfiche was considered a technological advance. I've worked at schools in Maine, New York City, Moscow, and Brussels, and am now the media specialist at both middle schools in Braintree. My colleagues are energetic, intellectually curious, and tech savvy, and I look forward to collaborating with them on projects that will motivate and stimulate our students.
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headshot_jtravaline_10.jpgJessica Travaline - Berkowitz School
I am a third grade teacher at the William A. Berkowitz School in Chelsea, Massachusetts and I teach all subjects in my classroom. I have taught at the Berkowitz School for three years. Previously, I taught fourth grade for two years in Danville, Virginia and also taught all subjects in the classroom. I am originially from Pennsylvania and I have a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2005. I am currently working on my master's degree in elementary education. I joined this project because in my classroom we have a short amount of time to teach Social Studies lessons and I think that being a part of this project will help me develop interesting and rich lessons that engage the students that I can integrate into other parts of the curriculum.
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tlp_10_ipeters.jpg Inmaculada Peters - Kelly School
I am a third grade teacher in the Caminos Program at the Kelly School in Chelsea, MA. I attended Lesley College completing my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and Simmons College where I received my Master's Degree in Urban Education. Besides my certification in Elementary Education, I am also certified in Spanish K-12. I was born and raised in Seville, Spain and moved to Malden, Mass twenty-four years ago. Both of my daughters have attended Malden Public Schools and we have formed some important ties and relationships in this community. My family and I have many hobbies such as traveling, fishing, cooking, and reading. We also love soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. I am very excited to embark in this project and to share it with my students and colleagues.
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tlp_10_hrossow.jpgHope Rossow -Kelly School
I am a second grade teacher in the Caminos program at the Kelly School in Chelsea, MA. In 2002, I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Television-Radio from Ithaca College. After working in an office setting for a few years, I decided it was time for a change. I went back to school, and completed my M.ED at Lesley University in 2006. I am originally from Minnesota, but have lived in Massachusetts for nearly eight years. I am so excited to be a part of this project. I am a self proclaimed history buff, so I can't wait to begin working on this project, and getting to know everyone involved.
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headshot_bdagostino_09.jpgRobert D'Agostino -Whittier
For the last 4 years I have been an unassigned teacher. The first two years were at the high school, the last two I have been at the Whittier school. My certification is in social studies and my major was in American history. I have had many occupations. Store owner, investment broker, wholesaler of mutual funds and annuity specialist are just a few of the diverse positions I have held across the country.
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headshot_ldisalvatore09.jpg Lisa DiSalvatore - Lafayette
My education includes a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Library Media Studies from Salem State College in 2008 and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems from Suffolk University in 1986. I also hold an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Computer Programming from Bunker Hill Community College. I love the Library and I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to teach in Everett Public Schools the last 3 years. Before teaching at the Lafayette School in Everett, I worked on my Masters Degree while working as Reference Librarian and Technical Liason at the Haverhill Public Library. Prior to my career change, I held positions for over 15 years in Corporate Information Technology Departments for many different companies in and around Boston, as well as, teaching adjunct evening and summer programs at Bunker Hill Community College for their Business and Computer Associates Degree Program.
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headshot_lmaltais_10.jpgLinda Maltais- Lafayette
My under grad work consisted of a double major, Art and History from Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI. I have been teaching in the Everett Public Schools for 15 years. I have received two master's degrees from Lesley University, the first in Curriculum Development and Literacy, the second Consulting Teacher of Reading. I am currently a reading specialist at the Lafayette. I am looking forward to this adventure in History as well as a content area reading class I am also taking this summer. Although my certification is for K-12 I have spent most of my career with K-3, with the addition of these classes I will enjoy the change to middle school students. I hope to pique their interest this year.
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headshot_hmartin_10.jpgHelen Martin -- Everett High School
I am a History teacher at Everett High School, and am an Assistant Coach for the Indoor and Outdoor Tack teams. Prior to joining Everett Schools, I practiced law in Boston for fifteen years, most of that as in-house counsel to a large real estate company. I was part of Boston University's adjunct faculty and taught Real Estate Law to evening students in the Metropolitan College from 2000-2003. My undergraduate degree in History and Political Science is from Mount Holyoke College, and I obtained my Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.
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headshot_mnapoli_10.jpgMecky Napoli - Parlin School
Originally, born and raised in Tanzania. Moved to the States in 1993 as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow. Later completed my Masters in Education, UMASS Boston. Been a teacher in Everett from 2003 to now. Started working by teaching in a College, becoming a senior lecturer, then Cheif Public Relations Officer of the entire Cooperative Union Societies in Tanzania, until I immigrated to the US. I have worked as a Reaserch Fellow, College Tutor, Protocal Officer, Sales and Marketing, Extended Term Sub, and now a K-8 Educator. I have travelled to many interesting places in Europe, Africa, and Northen America. I love teaching, especially when it's challenging. I have learned a lot since coming to America, and joining this progarm will help cement my ties to this galvanizing continent. More as we'll learn from each other, soon!
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headshot_mpuleo_10.jpgMary Puleo - Whittier
I have been working in the Everett Public Schools since August 2009. I am the School Librarian at the Sumner G. Whittier and Webster Schools. For the past 12 years , I have worked in the public library system at the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA, the Lynnfield Public Library, and the Parlin Memorial Library , Everett, MA. During this time period, I served as a Youth Services Librarian. For the last five years I served as Assistant Library Director in Everett. Prior to becoming a librarian, I spent 12 years in the classroom. I taught First Grade at Our Lady of Grace School In Everett. My degrees include a Masters of Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, Ma; a Masters in Education from Salem State College; and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Emmanuel College, Boston , MA. I look forward to participating in this program. I am hoping to learn a great deal so that I can help my students learn research skills and for them to become actively engaged in the process.
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tlp_10_mlightbody.jpgMike Lightbody - Malden High School
I have been working in Malden for 13 years teaching U.S. History, Justice and Government, and Sociology. I am a graduate of Suffolk University with degrees in History and Secondary Education. When at Suffolk, I received a fellowship working with Mr. James Nelson as a Graduate Assistant running the intramural program. I still work with Coach Nelson keeping score for Men's and Women's Basketball teams.
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tlp_10_pmallett.jpgPaul Mallett - Salemwood School
I have been teaching in Malden for 11 years all at the Salemwood School. This past year I began teaching Social Studies (U.S. History) to the entire fifth grade. I graduated from Salem State College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Technology/MIS. I hope participating in this project will provide me with new insight and materials to make history come alive for the students I teach.
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tlp_10_csynan.jpgColleen Synan - Beebe School
I am a fifth grade teacher at the Beebe who enjoys teaching all subjects. I have received an Associates Degree in Communications, a B.A. in American Studies, and my Masters in Elementary Education from Lesley University. I am very excited about participating in the Becoming America project. I hope to ignite a passion for social studies in my students and share my own enthusiasm for learning about immigration with my colleagues.
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headshot-dcorleto.jpg Deborah Corleto > McGlynn Middle
I teach art in Medford at the McGlynn Middle School. I have been teaching for 30 years. I earned a bachelor’s degree from Salem State College in education/art and a master’s degree from Lesley University in education/creative arts. Since 1994, I have been an active participant in the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C; and MASSART, in Boston, in teacher institutes on various periods of art history. I have attended institutes on impressionism, early American art, art in the industrial age, modern art and Dutch and Flemish art as well as one on art and architecture in the U.S. during the industrial period. Each of these institutes provided a greater understanding of the historical period studied through the lens of art. Since attending these institutes, I’ve included a lot of art history and history in my curriculum. After all, you can’t have art history without knowing the history of the world at the same time. I am always looking for new sources of information for the historical part of the art lessons. At present, I am a member of the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Art Educators Association. I am also one of the co-founders of the International Student Art Exchange, “a world united through art”, which will be holding its 13th exhibition in October 2008 in Thailand.
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headshot-kcullen.jpg Kevin Cullen > Medford High School
I have been teaching World History II standard and honors at Medford High School for the past four years. I attended Loyola College in Maryland and received my M.Ed from Salem State College. I have always been interested in history, and I decided to become a history teacher to help show students why history matters and why it is important to our world today. I hope that participating in Becoming America will enable me to find a variety of new and exciting ways to share history with my students while expanding upon my use of primary source materials in my lessons and activities.
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tlp_10_mdebari.jpgMichela DeBari > Andrews Middle School, McGlynn Middle School
I have been teaching Italian language and culture in Medford for the past 10 years. I currently work at both Andrews and McGlynn Middle School with grades 6th, 7th and 8th. Prior to becoming a foreign language teacher I taught visual art to adults as well as children. I have earned a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in affiliation with Tufts University and I am currently working toward completing a Master of Education from Salem State College. Although, I don't have a background in history, I find this subject very intriguing especially since this project will target a theme that is particularly meaningful to me as I am an immigrant myself, having come to the United States in 1989 from Italy. I am excited to be able to participate in Becoming America as it will help me to expand my understanding about the use of primary sources, conduct research in extensive archives, and create an inquiry based lesson unit I can bring to class and share with my students.
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headshot-mdorsi.jpg Maria D'Orsi > Librarian, Medford High School
This is my first year as a high school librarian, after 15 years at the elementary and middle school level. Teaching high school students requires more preparation and a deep and thorough knowledge of the subject area but TRITEC/Becoming America more than adequately prepares teachers for this challenge. Since Medford has 47 languages spoken in our schools, immigration is a topic of interest for our students and using primary sources makes it not only more interesting but also more connected to the mission of the school library. I hope to collaborate with classroom teachers in creating a multudiscipinary lesson that also encourages students to use our primary source partners and national historic sites in doing their own research.
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headshot-dliu.jpg Jody Liu ​ > Medford High School
In my twenty-second year of teaching English and language arts at Medford High School, I relish participating in the Becoming America project which will allow me to further my interdisciplinary approach in teaching the freshman honors and junior college preparatory classes. An interdisciplinary approach helps students see the "big picture" and allows students a more personal connection to history, goals Becoming America shares. Over the years, I've also created multiple interdisciplinary project-based units available for teacher use on the TRITEC site. I earned both my B.A. in English and M.A.T. at Tufts University and completed a 3-year NEH fellowship at Harvard University in World History and Civilizations.

tlp_10_kodonoghue.jpgKathleen O'Donoghue > Andrews Middle School
I have been teaching in Medford for twelve years now. My B.A. is in history, English, and sociology. My Masters Degree is from the University of Massachusetts Boston in Secondary Education with a concentration in social studies. As a member of the Humanities Department I have had the pleasure of teaching many courses: U.S, History I, U.S. History II, World Civilizations I, World Civilization II, British Literature, American Literature, Geography, and World Literature. I have written several curricula for the city including the National Laborers' Related curriculum, British Literature, and even a cross-curricular project based curriculum that concentrated on the National Technology Standards and the Secretary of Labor's SCANS. I participated in the Inventing America: The Industrial Revolution and Lowell workshop last year and hope to build off of this experience to create a hands-on unit that will assist my students to better appreciate the American experience while understanding how to navigate through primary sources materials that they otherwise would not be exposed to in a traditional unit.


tlp_10_aminton.jpgAaron Minton >
I recently finished my M.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst specializing in American Colonial Masculinity, American Religion, and international political uprisings in third world countries. I received my B.A. at Liberty University and am looking forward to participating in the grant this year. I enjoy disc golf, playing guitar and rooting for all the Boston sports teams.
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