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Who are the new faces in the Arlington public schools this year?

Here is a list of 42 staff members, current as of Friday, Aug. 28, provided by Robert Spiegel, human-resources administrator for the public schools:


Teacher Position School/ Department School/Degree
Aftuck, Lynne Grade 1 Teacher Bishop B.S. Biology and Classics, Tufts University; Master of Education, Lesley University
Barker, Sarah School Nurse Nursing/Ottoson and AHS B.S., Nursing, University of Connecticut
Bassham, Claire ELL Teacher Thompson/ELL B.A., Art History, Kent State University; M.A. Interior Design, Suffolk University; Master of Education, Lesley University
Berry, Eleonor Speech & Language Pathologist Special Ed./Peirce and Brackett B.A. Psychology, McGill University; Master of Arts in Education, McGill University; M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Bistran, Amanda Johnson Guidance Counselor (.5 FTE) Ottoson B.A. Psychology, Assumption College; MA School Counseling, Assumption College
Breneisen, Jennifer Social Worker Special Education/Stratton B.A. History, Drake University; Master of Social Work, Boston College
Brown, Wendy Reading Teacher (.6 FTE) Ottoson B.A. English/Education, CUNY Brooklyn College; CAS in Reading, MGH Institute of Health Professions
Bus, Amber Grade 5 Teacher Stratton B.A. Elementary Education, Boston College; Master of Education, Lesley University
Catizone, Eileen Reading Teacher Stratton/Literacy B.S. Elementary Ed., Northeastern; Master of Education/Reading Specialist, Gordon College
Coveno, Gayle Grade 1 Teacher Thompson B.S. Early Childhood Education, Westfield State College; Master of Education, American International College
Deasy, Kimberly Teacher of the Visually Impaired/Orientation & Mobility District/Special Ed. B.A., Sociology, San Francisco State; Master of Arts in Special Ed., San Francisco State; Certification in Orientation & Mobility
Dimmock, Graham Chemistry Teacher AHS/Science B.S., Biochemistry, Binghamton University; M.Ed, UMASS Boston
Disanza, William Social Studies Teacher (.2 FTE) AHS B.A. History, William Paterson University of New Jersey; B.A. Audio/Radio, Emerson College
Drumma, Allison Grade 5 Teacher (job share .5 FTE) Stratton B.A., Communications, UMASS Amherst; Master of Elementary Education, UMASS Boston; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education, Lesley University
Ehrlich-Walsh, Serena Special Ed. Teacher Ottoson/Special Ed. Bachelor of Education, Bridgewater State University
Fassel, Courtnei Grade 3 Teacher Thomson B.S. Elementary Education, SUNY Oswego
French, Jennie Grade 1 Teacher Hardy B.A. Sociology, Gettysburg College; Master of Education, Lesley University
Givens, Theodora Grade 1 Teacher Thompson B.A., Political Science and Spanish, UMASS Boston; Master of Ed in Elementary Education, Lesley University
Hill, Victoria Elementary P.E. Teacher (.6 FTE) Peirce/Stratton/Thompson B.S. Physical Education, Westfield State University
Jones, Clayton Mathematics Teacher AHS/Mathematics B.A., Music, UMASS Boston; Master of Education, Lesley University
Kalantari, Taline Early Childhood Teacher Menotomy Preschool B.S. Early Childhood Education and Psychology, Salem State College; M.Ed. Early Childhood Ed., Salem State College
Kasle, Samantha Elementary Art Teacher (.6 FTE) Art - Bishop and Peirce B.A. Illustration, Mass College of Art; Master of Art Education, Mass College of Art
Kitchen, Madalyn Music Teacher (Chorus) Arlington High School Bachelor of Music, Brigham Young University
Lamm, Linda Special Ed. Teacher Ottoson/Special Ed. Bachelor of Education, SUNY Plattsburgh; Master of Education, Northeastern University
Larrabee, Matthew Digital Media Literacy Teacher (.6 FTE) Ottoson/Math/Tech B.S. Psychology, UMASS Boston
Mangie, Racquel Grade 4 Teacher Brackett B.S. Psychology, Western New England College; Master of Education, Framingham State University
Marten, Tim English Teacher AHS/English B.A. English, Suffolk University; M.A. in Teaching, Brandeis University
Masison, Twila Long Term Substitute Learning Specialist Bishop/Special Ed. B.A. Psychology, Vanderbilt University; Master of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa; J.D., William Richardson School of Law, Honolulu; Master of Law (LLM), University of Miami; Master of Education, Lesley University
McBride, Tammy Literacy Coach District/Literacy B.A., Ed., Stonehill College; M.Ed., Cambridge College
McKenna, Kayla Art Teacher Ottoson/Visual Art BFA, Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Merkle, James Technology Engineering Teacher Ottoson/Science B.S., Technology Education, Northern Arizona University; Master of Education, Simmons College
Mitrano, Alexa Grade 3 Teacher Hardy B.S., Communication Science and Disorders, University of New Hampshire; Master of Education, Lesley University, Specialist Teacher in Reading, Lesley University
Moore, Lisa Family and Consumer Science Teacher (.4 FTE) AHS B.S. Human Nutrition, UMASS Amherst; M.S. Nutrition and Health, Simmons College; Master of Education, Fitchburg State College
Peterson, Carolyn Special Education Teacher Ottoson/Special Ed. B.A. English, Wittenberg University; Master of Arts in Teaching, Simmons College; Master of Science, Child Life, University of La Verne, La Verne California; M.S. Education, Moderate Disabilities
Pratt, Allison Social Worker Hardy/Special Ed. B.A. Psychology, St. Michael's College; Master of Social Work, Boston University
Reynolds, Nicole Family and Consumer Science Teacher (.8 FTE) Ottoson/FACS B.S. Health Education, UMASS Lowell
Thomas, Melody Wolfe Art Teacher (.3 FTE) Art - Stratton & Thompson B.S., Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise, Virginia Tech University; Master of Science, Art, Radford University
True, Emma Long Term Substitute Grade 2 Teacher Hardy Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, Lesley University
Weiss, Matthew Physics Teacher AHS/Science B.S., Physics, Worcester Polytech; M.S., Applied Math, Worcester Polytech
Administrator Name Position School/ Department Schools/Degrees
Schlenger, Joyce Early Childhood Coordinator Menotomy Preschool/Special Ed. B.A., Psychology, Cal. State Northridge; M.A. Education, UMASS Boston; Certificate of Advance Graduate Study, UMASS Boston
Conklin, Denton (Denny) Interim Social Studies Director Social Studies B.A., Secondary Education, History, Boston College; Master of Education, Boston College
Bennett, Lynne Secondary Special Education Coordinator Special Ed./AHS B.S. Psychology, Bridgewater State; Master of Social Work, Simmons College; Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Leadership, Cambridge College  

This list was published at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.

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