Meet Ms. Bulgar: Second Grade Associate Teacher

IMG_5354Ms. Bulgar is a Second Grade Associate Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I loved the support of high expectations not only for scholars but for staff as well. The teamwork and sense of family was refreshing to see.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I’m hoping to contribute support encouragement as these scholars grow into amazing people. I think I can provide a positive and enthusiastic attitude every day to Alma. I’m hoping my witty personality puts a smile on everyone’s face and pushes the scholars to try their very best everyday. 

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

My English teacher Miss Salerno freshman year from high school. She made English come alive for me and always encouraged me to think outside of the box, never give up and always put my best foot forward!!

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

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I loved how diverse my school was. Culture met academics and that was awesome! 

What is your favorite food?

Strawberry shortcake and clam strips. 

What is your favorite book?

The Bible 

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Meet Ms. Brigande: School Psychologist

Photo for Alma del MarMs. Brigande is the School Psychologist.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

It’s a close-knit community that shares a similar vision of education as I do.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to contribute further assistance and support school-wide.

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

I really adored my 5th grade teacher. She was incredibly caring, I remember accidentally calling her “mom” one time!

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

Northeastern University, my professors were fantastic! 

What is your favorite food?

I can always go for pizza or Asian foods, but I also have a hobby of finding and cooking healthy recipes for my family!

What is your favorite book?

I do not read as often as I would like, so I am always looking for suggestions of good books to start!

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Meet Ms. Berkley: Middle School Specialist

IMG_0448Ms. Berkley is the Middle School Specialist at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I believe in providing students with experiences and opportunities to question and study the world around them, and I believe in service. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to build lasting, impactful relationships with students, families, and staff. 

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

Ms. Adriance was my art teacher for three years in high school. She helped me in so many ways by listening to me, and also helped me apply to college. I would not have attended college if not for her. 

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

Roger Williams University – I loved the location.

What is your favorite food?

Macaroni and cheese.

What is your favorite book?

Since I’m a reading specialist there are many books I love and cannot single out one. I will say that Dr. Seuss and Jeanette Winter are two of my favorite authors.

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Meet Ms. Autry: Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Meet Ms AutryMs. Autry is a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I want to work in a community where fostering a love for learning is a top priority.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope to inspire my young scholars to not only love learning but to be kind and helpful people who contribute to our community.

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

My high school English teacher Mrs. Lacasse who believed in me and really built my confidence as a writer and a public speaker. 

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

I have attended Newbury College, BCC, UMASS Dartmouth and AIC and at Umass Dartmouth. I liked the challenge and all of my professors held every student to a high standard.

What is your favorite food?

I love so many different foods but if I had to choose only one my favorite is Indian Food.

What is your favorite book?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 

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Meet Ms. Jones: ESL Specialist

IMG_3304Ms. Jones is the ESL Specialist at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I decided to join the Crew at Alma to experience the wonderful community and culture that characterizes the school. Additionally, I am excited and honored to join the team in their work to provide the students of New Bedford with a fantastic education. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I am looking forward to bringing my unique experiences and skill sets that I have developed while working with English Language Learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultural contexts to my work at Alma. I am also excited to contribute a positive attitude and growth mindset to the team. 

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

One of the most impactful teachers in my life was my high school Latin teacher, Magister MacMurchadha. He was a living example for me of what it meant to love students and support their holistic development inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, he opened my eyes to the way a deep love and passion for your subject matter can ignite the curiosity and interest of your students. I left that class with a deeper understanding of Latin, the English language, the global community, and my roll in it. He is a great inspiration for me as a person and as a teacher. 

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

I went to Arizona State University for my undergraduate degree and will be a proud Sun Devil for life! My favorite thing about ASU is the wealth of opportunities they provide to students and their commitment to fostering and celebrating diversity in their student body and among their faculty. My experience was augmented considerably by the diversity of voices and perspectives that I interacted with on a daily basis at my university. 

What is your favorite food?

I live and breathe for cereal. It can sometimes be a challenge to limit myself to one bowl a day. 

What is your favorite book?

“In Other Words” by Jhumpa Lahiri

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Meet Ms. Sylvia: Third Grade Lead Teacher

image1Ms. Sylvia is a Third Grade Lead Teacher at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I decided to join Alma because I have heard great things about the school and I needed a shorter commute than I currently have. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I would like to be involved in organizations such as PBIS team or a student council team. 

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

My high school math teacher made a difference in my life. She gave me confidence in myself and my math abilities. She was patient and invested in what she was teaching which made me do the same. 

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

I attended URI. I loved the campus community and all the different people I met along the way. 

What is your favorite food?

Thai/ Chinese 

What is your favorite book?

Goodnight Moon (childhood memories)

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Meet Ms. Haas: Kindergarten Lead Teacher

IMG_2089Hannah Haas is a Lead Kindergarten Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I was drawn to Alma when I read and heard about their unique approaches to learning and growth both inside and outside of the classroom. Being a new teacher I am looking forward to developing and experiencing as much as possible with my future students. Once I visited Alma, I knew the possibilities were endless. 

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

Coming from Minnesota, I hope to bring in a unique set of skills to the Alma crew . I hope to create a love for learning inside my classroom and develop meaningful relationships with both my students and colleagues. 

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

My first grade teacher made a big difference in my life. She was constantly encouraging the most from her students and inspired us to be the very best versions of ourselves. She lives in the same small town that my parents do, she is 91 years old today and anytime she runs into my Mom she still asks about me. 

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

I don’t know if there is enough space here to write about what I liked about my college! I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota. The community at this school was unbelievable, I felt at home from the moment I stepped on campus. I met some of my closest friends during my time there and my professors were always went above and beyond for myself and my classmates. I will always consider Gustavus my home away from home. 

What is your favorite food?

Avocados

What is your favorite book?

The Glass Castle or Home: A Memoir of my Early Years by Julie Andrews

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Meet Ms. Dobrowolski: Literacy Specialist

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Ms. Dobrowolski is a Scholar Support Literacy Specialist at the Sarah D. Ottiwell Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I admire and am invested in Alma’s mission to “[set all] students on a college trajectory and [challenge] them to be service-minded leaders.” I am eager to work with the Alma team to help our students succeed in achieving these goals.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I hope that I can help my students to recognize that they have the ability to do great things by encouraging and modeling a growth mindset. I also hope to share my love of reading and writing with my students. 

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

Growing up, I was homeschooled. My mom definitely made a positive impact in my education, as she encouraged and pushed me to be a better writer through writing and rewriting, because “A writer’s work is never done.” She taught me to always challenge myself and do my best.

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

I went to college at Framingham State University. Among my favorite experiences were the literary conversations I engaged in with fellow classmates and professors over great British and American classic literature.

What is your favorite food?

Curry Singapore noodles

What is your favorite book?

Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson

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Meet Mr. Murphy: First Grade Lead Teacher

IMG_0559Mr. Murphy is a First Grade Lead Teacher at the Frederick Douglass Campus.

What made you decide to join the Crew at Alma?

I was looking for a school that has high expectations for its students and provides high supports for both students and teachers. The staff during my interviews assured me that they’ll be working alongside me to get the best out of my students.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma?

I’m excited to help establish a culture at the Frederick Douglass campus that promotes a safe, fun working environment. 

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

Mrs. Propst in 3rd grade. She showed that learning can be joyful and expected a lot out of my classmates and myself.

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

William Jewell College: The thing I liked most about my school was how personable and caring the professors were. I wasn’t just a number to them.

What is your favorite food?

Mexican or Chinese. I am not picky.

What is your favorite book?

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

 

 

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