Staff Changes for 2014-15

Staff Changes for 2014-15

In addition to Vice Principal Monica Crowley’s previously announced appointment as principal of the Old Lincoln School, Lawrence will be losing two other valued staff members next year.

Retirements

We extend our congratulations to two cherished colleagues who will be retiring at the end of this school year.

Pam Charpentier currently teaches grades 6-7 Social Studies.  She has been at Lawrence for the past 17 years and has worked in Brookline for 20 years. She began teaching fifth grade and moved to sixth grade in 2002.  Prior to working at Lawrence, Pam was a math specialist and third grade teacher at Runkle School.  Pam had a first career in professional theatre, working for 20 years as a costume designer and production manager.   Pam has been a master teacher, who combines a passion for her content area with her caring and commitment to her students.  When Monica and I began at Lawrence six years ago, it was Pam who first identified the sixth grade as the “forgotten cousin” between elementary and the 7/8 team.  Six years later, we are proud of the cohesive grades 6-8 middle school model we have established.  Pam has embraced these changes with her skillful facilitation of advisory, her collaborative work with her colleagues and her advocacy for students as they move from sixth to seventh grade.  We will miss Pam’s love of history and geography, her fierce commitment to her students, and her presence as a highly respected member of the faculty.

Amy Nevis is our Special Education Team Facilitator.   Amy has worked in Brookline for 11 years, as a special education administrator for four years and then a team facilitator for the past 7 years. Throughout this time, Lawrence School was a constant as one of the schools under her responsibility.  Five years ago, Amy became full-time at Lawrence.   Prior to working in Brookline, Amy served as the Executive Director of the Judge Baker Children’s Center for 23 years.   In addition to the tremendous experience and expertise that Amy has brought to her work, she has provided skillful facilitation of meetings, supportive communication with parents, effective consultation to special education staff, and amazing organizational skills overseeing the testing and planning for all of our students with special needs.  Amy has been a trusted and valued member of our school’s administrative team. In addition to her outstanding work, I will miss her wise counsel and support tremendously.

Other Changes

I am pleased to report the following internal changes in our faculty:

  • Greg Porter will move from fifth grade to Pam Charpentier’s position teaching grades 6-7 Social Studies next year.  A history major as an undergraduate, Greg has obtained his teaching license as a middle school social studies teacher.   He has been an avid participant in social studies curriculum work at the district level.  Greg is eager to focus on teaching social studies and to be a member of our middle school team.
  • Katherine Nguyen will move from fourth grade into Greg’s fifth grade position.  As Katherine enters her third year in Brookline, she is eager to return to fifth grade, the grade where she completed her student teaching and to which she had hoped to return.
  • Marie Leman will again move from second grade to third grade as our third grade returns to four sections.  Marie also moved from second to third grade in 2012-13.   She has participated in this year’s Literacy Collaborative training with grades 3-5 teachers in anticipation of this change.

As I will outline in my class placement letter later in March, parents in 2L and 4N will have an opportunity as part of the placement process to state a preference on whether or not their child remains with the teacher a second year.

We anticipate hiring for two classroom vacancies – second grade and fifth grade (as grade 5 increases to four sections).   I will continue to keep you informed of other changes as they become known.

Rick Rogers

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