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Meet Mr. Matzdorff: Lead Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Matzdorff is a native of Groton, CT — the “submarine capitol of the world.” He graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a degree in Kinesiology with a teacher licensure. While at Liberty, he met and married the love of

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Meet Ms. Ouimet: K-1 Academic Dean and K-3 Math Specialist

Ms. Ouimet grew up in Berkley, Massachusetts. She lived in Berkley until she was 14 years old. At this time, her dad received a job transfer to Chicago, Illinois and her entire family relocated there. She went to high school at St.

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Meet Mr. Schaefer: Fourth Grade Lead Teacher

Mr. Schaefer grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts and attended Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth where he played lacrosse. He attended college at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. Every summer throughout high school and college Mr. Schaefer worked

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Meet Ms. Prego: Fourth Grade Co-Teacher

Ms. Prego grew up in Medfield, MA and went to public school until high school, when she attended Ursuline Academy. She spent a lot of time at sports practice for things like track, soccer and rowing. Ms. Prego has three

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Save the Date: Alma del Mar Class of 2026 Graduation

Last week of school details Week of June 11th — 15th: Q4 Interim Exams Passage Portfolio presentations (more information to follow) Tues. 6/12—End of year trip!  All day Fieldwork. Fri. 6/15—Last day of school for 8th grade class.  Scholars may

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What is Crew?

At Alma, our work is often complex and highly interpersonal. It’s also creative and performative. We must make sure we are creating an ecosystem in which creative people can thrive while doing highly complex, interpersonal and performative work. Because when

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Where would your curiosity and love of learning take you?

Something that makes Alma del Mar a unique place to work is that our teachers are given the opportunity to fuel their passion and deepen their content knowledge.   Where would your curiosity and love of learning take you?   For Kate,

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March is Spirit Month at Alma

Spirit Month For the past 6 years, Alma has had the traditional 1 week of days where scholars could dress up according to day. But this year, we decided to spread out the fun! Every Friday in March, we will

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Alma 7th grade scholars make warm gesture

A group of seventh grade scholars at Alma del Mar Charter School will donate 15 fleece blankets to The Donovan House, a sober transitional housing program for women and their children in New Bedford. This group, known as the Colby

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Meet Ms. Brainard: 4-5 Academic Fellow


Rachel was born and raised in Middletown, Connecticut and recently moved to New Bedford to teach with her boyfriend, Gabriel. She attended Central Connecticut State University earning a degree in English Literature. Rachel enjoys kayaking and spending time with her

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