August 27, 2013 | Superintendent Announces Acting Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Science
Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Richard Held as the Acting Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Science.
Mr. Held has worked in the Lynn Public Schools for the past sixteen years as a grade 5 teacher and as a science and technology specialist, most recently at the Aborn School. He has an in-depth knowledge of the science curriculum and extensive experience with educational technology. Mr. Held has done comprehensive work preparing science lessons integrated with technology for all grades at the elementary level, and he is currently preparing additional lessons and professional development activities that will address the upcoming implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Mr. Held received a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in both elementary education and psychology, and a Master of Arts degree from Salem State University. He is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, the Massachusetts Engineering Leadership Committee, and the Gateway STEM Project in collaboration with the Museum of Science. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr. Held had a career in business management and will, no doubt, use his well-honed management skills in this new appointment.
Mr. Held will begin by concentrating on the elementary science program and will eventually expand his focus to include the middle school science program. He is excited, enthusiastic and well prepared to begin work to solidify our elementary science program and bring consistency and uniformity to elementary science instruction throughout the district.
August 2, 2013 | Superintendent Catherine Latham Announces New Cobbet Elementary School Principal
Superintendent Catherine Latham is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Susanne Garrity as the new principal of the Cobbet Elementary School. Ms. Garrity has been at the Harrington Elementary School for the past thirteen years as a teacher in grades one and three, a curriculum and instruction teacher and currently as the Program Specialist. She has extensive experience in standards-based curriculum design and lesson planning, the analysis of data, differentiated instruction, and the planning and presentation of professional development targeted to the needs of an individual school and faculty. She has done extensive professional development for the district in classroom management, reading comprehension, differentiated instruction, and in the implementation of the new teacher evaluation system.
Ms. Garrity graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Study and received a Master of Education degree from Salem State College in Early Childhood Education. Prior to becoming a teacher she worked as an administrator in a therapeutic pre-school for traumatized children where she developed, implemented and supervised their therapeutic curriculum and play therapy.
Ms. Garrity brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new position. She is well versed in the common core curriculum and in the policies and practices demanded by both the district and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and she is blessed with outstanding human relations skills. She will bring excellent leadership to Cobbet and is well prepared to work in an atmosphere that demands a high level of accountability.
June 2013 | Superintendent Catherine Latham is Pleased to Announce Three New Appointments
Marilyn Mahoney, formerly Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood, will be the new principal for the Early Childhood Center located at the Lynn Vocational Technical Institute Annex at 90 Commercial St. opening in September. Ms. Mahoney is an experienced educator who has taught for 23 years in the Lynn Public Schools. Her teaching experience includes first and second grade, reading, and English as a second language (ESL). She initiated the Lynn pre-school program and works in collaboration with many private agencies in the city. While working in the district curriculum office she has worked closely with both the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Early Education and Care, and has written and managed multiple grants to support our pre-school and kindergarten programs.
Ms. Mahoney received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master's degree in early childhood education from Cambridge College. She brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her new position and will be a great asset to the new program.
Dr. Brian Fay, formerly principal at the Cobbet Elementary School will be moving to become principal of the Callahan Elementary School, a post vacated by the retirement of veteran principal Mr. Edward Turmenne. Dr. Fay began his career at the Connery Elementary School working as a fourth- and sixth-grade teacher, and he has considerable experience working with English language learners. He has also served on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education MCAS Science and Technology/Engineering Standard-Setting Committee and the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Frameworks Committee. He is an active member of the Lynn community serving as a youth basketball coach, mentor, member of the Classical Alumni Association, and the Friends of Lynn Woods.
Dr. Fay holds a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in special education, both from Salem State University and a doctorate of education in Management of Educational Programs from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to becoming principal at Cobbet in 2008, Dr. Fay served four years as principal of the Burke Elementary School in Peabody. He is also an adjunct professor at American International College. Dr. Fay is an enthusiastic, committed and experienced principal who will bring exceptional personal and professional qualities to his new assignment.
Michelle Flynn will be assuming the position of Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood, the position vacated by Ms. Mahoney. She has worked for Lynn Public Schools for more than 30 years and holds licenses in early childhood education, elementary education and the education of students with special needs. She taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten classes for 26 years. Ms. Flynn is currently Program Specialist for Early Childhood and has been responsible for programmatic and fiscal oversight of the Early Read First initiative. She has worked closely with Ms. Mahoney on all of our early childhood grants and early childhood programs and, most recently, has served on the team providing training on the new educator evaluation system and the district team working with School Works monitoring site visits for our Level 3 schools.
Ms. Flynn earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Bridgewater State University and a master's degree in education from Cambridge College. Her extensive experience and lifelong dedication to early childhood education at both the school and district level make her a perfect appointment to maintain and advance the excellent programmatic and fiscal integrity of the early childhood programs in Lynn Public Schools.