Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Meet our New to A-B Teachers!

As the 2016-2017 school year is underway, we have some new faces among the ABRHS teaching staff. We asked our new teachers to share with you a bit about their backgrounds and interests as well as what they have liked most so far about being at A-B.

Katherine Greene, Performing Arts Department
Katherine received her Master's in Education and BA in Music from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to working at ABRHS, she taught in Wellesley for four years. After taking a year off to be with her boys (now 1 and 3), making music with junior high and high school students was such a pleasant and rewarding welcome back to work. When not making music, Katherine can be found doing a variety of races, taking ballet classes, waterskiing, or surfing.

So Hyun Kong, Visual Arts Department
So received her BFA from the Kunkuck University in Seoul, Korea and her Masters in Studio teaching from Boston University. She is also an artist and taught in Belmont and at Wilmington High School. She loves crafts, traveling, hiking, and yoga. She enjoys A-B students' enthusiasm and the positive energy they bring to the classroom.

Kelly Antonuccio, Science Department
Kelly received her Bachelor's in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Missouri and her Master's in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston. Prior to working at ABRHS, she taught at the Advanced Math and Science Academy teaching Physics for six years. The best part of the school year for Kelly so far has been how great the kids have been and how welcoming the staff has been.

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Lauren Doscher, English Department
After moving from the Seattle area last year, Boston quickly became home for Lauren. She received a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Gonzaga University and a Master's in Education from Boston College with the hope of ending up at a school like A-B where the sense of community and camaraderie among students and staff is strong. So far, Lauren has most enjoyed learning about the various ways students contribute to the life of our school through their passions for sports, leadership, and other activities. Outside of her work here, she is excited to run her first marathon next year and explore the East coast.

David Brusie, English Department
David received his Master of Arts in Teaching from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Bates College. He is an ABRHS alumnus (Class of 1998). Last year, David was a student teacher at Belmont High School. In his spare time, he likes running, playing guitar, listening to music, writing, and playing with his two daughters. The best part of the school year for David has simply been getting to know all of his students. He asked each of them to fill out a survey during their first week together, and the answers were eye-opening. The number of activities, interests, and learning styles that each of his students wrote about was another reminder of how being an adolescent is a lot of work and that thinking of students as having lives outside of the classroom will better inform his rapport with them (and vice versa!) as the year progresses.

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Annemarie Gaebel, Math Department
Annemarie received her Bachelor's in Math from North Adams State and her Master's in Education from Cambridge College. Prior to teaching at ABRHS, she spent fifteen years teaching math at RJ Grey Junior High in Acton and five years teaching math in Taunton. Annemarie is enjoying getting to know the kids and teachers here at the high school.

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Jennifer Cohn, STAR Academic Services
Having just moved to Acton over the summer, Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the ABRHS community! She received her BA from Gettysburg College and her Ed.M. from Boston University. Jennifer has worked in higher education for most of her career in both admissions and student services roles. Jennifer is originally from Carlisle and has long respected the excellent reputation of this district and has always hoped to work in a school like A-B. So far, she has most appreciated the warm welcome from everyone and how passionate all of the staff are about supporting students to grow and thrive. Outside of work, Jennifer loves to run, hike, read, and garden. 

We welcome our newest members to the ABRHS community and wish them an excellent first year with our students!