Meet Ms. Mello: PE Teacher

Jaime AlmaMs. Mello is the Physical Education Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I decided to join Alma when I looked into details about the school and saw how much time and effort all the staff puts into making each scholar successful. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to contribute to Alma by creating a safe and engaging environment for scholars to learn how to create a healthy lifestyle. 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My high school math teacher would always push me in high school and never let me settle for anything but my best.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Bridgewater State University, I loved how close everyone in the PE major was. I’m still connected to most of the people I graduated with and can go to them whenever I have questions about something I’m doing in PE. 

What is your favorite food?

Chicken Parmesan 

What is your favorite book?

A Dog’s Purpose 

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Meet Ms. Lemieux: Behavior Interventionist

image1Ms. Lemieux is the Behavior Interventionist at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

The opportunity to join a crew of hard-working, forward thinking and committed educators is beyond exciting to me. There are many special qualities about the Crew at Alma that stand out to me including dedication to Scholars. I have always felt passionate about being a small part of a child’s journey that leads to a successful future and I know that the Crew at Alma shares this same passion! 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I truly care about the Scholars, the Alma Crew and our school and I hope to contribute positivity, motivation and support as we work together as a team this coming school year! 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

A teacher who made a difference in my life was my first grade teacher. I think of her often as she was always so kind and patient. She made me (and every student) always feel like we were special and mattered. Her approach made me excited to go to school and to learn.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I received my undergraduate degree at Bridgewater State University. I loved attending school there mainly because of my professors. When I began education classes, I had professors that were passionate about the subject. This made me even more excited to join the field and led me to want to continue my own learning and receive my Masters degree. 

What is your favorite food?

I love pizza! 

What is your favorite book?

I love to read and it is hard to choose just one however one book I have always loved is “The Secret Garden.”

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Meet Ms. Konieczny: Fourth Grade Lead Teacher

49848486_2298802890144626_7970892580441292800_nMs. Konieczny is a Fourth Grade Lead Teacher at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I was really impressed by Alma’s commitment to supporting scholars from a young age by offering a challenging and constructive environment. The implementation of an “expedition” approach to science and social studies is really exciting! I haven’t heard of other schools using this approach, so I’m looking forward to this aspect of Alma.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I enjoy conceptualizing and thinking creatively, but find the most satisfaction when successfully implementing new ideas. 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

Teaching math this summer led me to reflect a lot on my 8th grade math teacher. In 7th grade, I was struggling to understand positive and negative numbers. It was the first time I got C’s in a class, and I was starting to shut down and doubt my ability to master math content. My 8th grade math teacher made a concerted effort to provide one-on-one support to help be conceptualize positive and negative numbers in a way that worked for me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but she empowered my math confidence. It was a turning point where I could have pushed math away and shut down, but my teacher made it an opportunity to re-engage with the subject. 

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to the University of Florida. There is a really strong campus culture which spreads to Florida fans around the world. I was drawn to the university because it offers strong academic and research opportunities in all fields. However, the school has a negative tendency to push disparaging information under the rug. 

What is your favorite food?

Blueberries

What is your favorite book?

Becoming by Michelle Obama (it’s the first book I’ve been able to power through in years)

 

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Meet Ms. Friel: First Grade Lead Teacher

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Ms. Friel is a First Grade Lead Teacher at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I wanted to join Alma because of the community. The second I stepped onto the campus I felt invited right in and felt it was a great place for learning and growing both as a teacher and for the students. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to bring a warm and inviting classroom as well as being a person for everyone to lean on when needed. Whether that be a student, parent or colleague. 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

One of my professors in college really made a difference in my life. He was my Portuguese professor and he was always striving to make me the best I could be. Whether it was extra help in his class, support in other classes, or even advice about the future he always was there trying to help in any way possible!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to the University of New Hampshire. I loved that my college had so many options for classes and extracurricular activities. I also loved how my college was a pretty big school but everywhere I went I felt a place of home and felt a sense of community from the professors to all the students on campus. 

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is pizza.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Handmaid’s Tale. 

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Meet Ms. Emond: Kindergarten Associate Teacher

IMG_3608Ms. Emond is a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

The incredible sense of unity and family that the entire staff has with each other and how they work together to help the scholars reach their potential was something that really stuck out to me. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope that I can contribute my passion for teaching and love of learning to all the scholars, and create meaningful friendships with the crew at Alma. 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My second grade teacher truly impacted my life when I was younger. She was battling breast cancer when I was in her second grade classroom, but never showed pain or discomfort to any of her students. She always taught with a smile on and truly loved to be in the classroom with us, which made us want to be there with her even more. 

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Eastern Connecticut State University for a year and a half before transferring to Bridgewater State University. I really loved all the professors and the environment that they created within the classroom and outside of it. I played field hockey at Bridgewater and one of my professors would take time out of her Saturday mornings / afternoons to come watch her students play. It was truly something that always shocked me to see at the Collegiate level. 

What is your favorite food?

Sushi!! 

What is your favorite book?

The Alchemist 

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Meet Ms. Dedrick: 5th/6th Grade Associate Teacher

HikeMarilyn Dedrick is an Associate Teacher for 5th and 6th Grade at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

The culture of the school is what really drew me in. It is clear that Alma supports every member of its community.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

Positivity and love of reading!

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My high school advisor made a difference in my life. She supported me in any way I needed. She was a friend, teacher, supporter, cheerleader, listener, or mother when it was needed. She was someone I knew I could always go to. She is who I want to be as an educator.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

Trinity College allowed me to explore and expand my interests. I fell further in love with teaching while I was there.

What is your favorite food?

Any kind of dessert!

What is your favorite book?

Any of the Harry Potter Series

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Meet Ms. DaSilva: First Grade Lead teacher

IMG_3615Ms. DaSilva is a First Grade Lead Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus. 

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

Everyone who I  talked to about Alma has explained how it has such a family feel. I believe it is so important to have a supportive and positive staff for your school to work. I love collaborating with other teachers and being able to support one another on how to make our years better for our students and ourselves. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to bring my creativity and positivity into Alma. I love finding new ways for my students to understand curriculum and lessons outside of just a worksheet. I want to be able to support teachers and share my ideas with those who like having the same approach. 

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My 8th grade math teacher made such a difference in my life. My whole life I had struggled with math and trying to understand a problem and solving it. He was not only approachable but took the time to understand what he was teaching before moving onto something else. He took account that every student was different and learned differently. As an educator that’s what I admire most about him. 

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

Bridgewater State University. I liked that my program was so well known and almost over prepared me for teaching. It had programs I joined that helped me become more familiar with a classroom setting and also pushed me to understanding what made a good teacher a great teacher.  

What is your favorite food?

Ice cream. 

What is your favorite book?

Eat Pray Love 

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Meet Ms. Conway: Literacy Specialist

IMG_1424Ms. Conway is a Scholar Support Literary Specialist at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I decided to join the Crew at Alma because I loved the community, and was inspired by how much each teacher I met loved their students! I cannot wait to join the Crew this fall and am so excited to meet the wonderful scholars that Alma such an excellent school.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to be a dedicated and loving teacher, bringing to Alma my love of learning and laughing! I hope that my students join me in learning each and everyday. I also hope to bring with me a sunny disposition that allows my students to feel positive walking into my class everyday!

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My 5th grade teacher made a huge difference in my life. He always held high expectations for me, and constantly challenged me to do my best in everything I tried. He was the teacher that made me be brave even when I didn’t want to, and I believe my love of learning comes in large part to his constant faith in me.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I graduated from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island! I loved everything about my school. Most of all, I loved how my classmates and I always supported each other, both in the classroom and out in our community. The love of my classmates and peers is something I am eternally grateful to have gotten from Providence College.

What is your favorite food?

Chicken nuggets!

What is your favorite book?

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

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Meet Ms. Coache: Speech Language Pathologist

JuliaCoachePicMs. Coache is the Speech Language Pathologist at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

To be a part of the exciting program Alma runs for the New Bedford community!

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to become an asset to the special education department and work with classroom teachers to better support our students.

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My first grade teacher- who taught me a love for reading, and my 8th grade English teacher- who taught me my love for writing!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to the University of Rhode Island. I loved being a part of a large and diverse University that presented students with opportunities to get hands-on experiences during their studies. 

What is your favorite food?

Pizza!

What is your favorite book?

Harry Potter

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Meet Ms. Carreiro: Literacy Specialist

IMG_5419Ms. Carreiro is an elementary school literacy specialist at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I’ve worked with urban youths for over 20 years. Charter public schools offer students options that they might not have access to in district public schools. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to empower my students to contribute to active citizenship in causes that they are passionate about and give them the skills needed to achieve their goals.

What teacher made a difference in your life, and how?

My professor in college because she demonstrated compassion to others and advocated against systems of inequities.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I attended Brown University. I enjoyed was meeting students and professors who come from across the globe. The access to learning about other cultures was an unforgettable experience.

What is your favorite food?

Sushi

What is your favorite book?

I don’t have a favorite.

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