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New directors of guidance, world languages announced

Sara BurdBurd

The Arlington public schools have announced hires for two key positions.

Starting in September, Sara Fernandes Burd will be the new director of guidance and social-emotional learning, and Dawn Carney will be the director of world languages.

Superintendent Kathleen Bodie reported in news release Thursday, May 25.

Burd has the same position in the Reading Public Schools. She also serves as a commission member on the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Commission on Safe and Supportive Schools and is a member of the Council of Distinguished Educators, which advises the National Commission for Social Emotional and Academic Development

Burd is also an adjunct professor at Lesley University's Institute for Trauma Studies in its Graduate School of Education. She is familiar to many Arlington educators, as the instructor for Lesley's Impact of Trauma on Learning course, which has been offered in the Arlington public schools.

Carney comes to the district from the Brookline public schools, where she has worked since 2008 as the curriculum coordinator for world languages in grades K-8. Carney will oversee the Arlington world-language curriculum and faculty, which is available in grades six through 12. Arlington offers courses in French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian and Latin.

Before working in Brookline, Carney was a French teacher in the Lincoln public schools, and a French teacher in Wellesley Middle School.

She has a master in educational leadership from Endicott College, and a master of Arts with a focus on French from Middlebury College.

In the release, Dr. Bodie welcomed both.

This news announcement was published Thursday, May 25, 2017.

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