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Monomoy Regional School District announces new curriculum positions to support educators

Lindsey Parker and Ann Marie VarellaJune 7, 2023 — Monomoy Regional School District has announced two new curriculum positions to support its middle and high school educators, with a focus on vertical alignment, best practices, and content knowledge.

Lindsey Parker has been named as Monomoy’s first Curriculum Director for the Humanities.  Parker moves into this position from New Bedford, where she has been Assistant Principal of a 5-12 school. Prior to that role, she spent 10 years as a middle and high school ELA teacher. Parker is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“Lindsey comes to Monomoy with several years of experience as an English curricular teacher-leader at a small charter school and more recently has had the chance to grow as an educational leader while serving as the school’s Assistant Principal,” said Monomoy Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter. “It was clear when first meeting Lindsey, that she had many of those special interpersonal qualities that will make her a great fit for this role – supporting teachers and improving the learning experiences of students.”

Ann Marie Varella has been named as Monomoy’s first Curriculum Director for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Varella moves into this position from Chatham Elementary School, where she has been a math interventionist. Prior to her time at CES, she was a math teacher in Cambridge Public Schools and Waltham Public Schools, as well as an Instructional Mathematics Coach for Cambridge Public Schools. She has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education as well as a Master’s Degree in ESL Education. 

“Because Ann Marie has been working for the past two years at the elementary level in Chatham, many are surprised at the depth of her math background and that she has over a decade of experience across grade levels working in a math curriculum role, largely coaching math teachers for Cambridge Public Schools,” said Carpenter. “She has done exceptional work at Chatham Elementary for the past couple of years, diving into individual student math assessment data to help our teachers improve their instructional practices.”

These new positions will focus on grades 5 through 12, and will support teachers in the development and implementation of an experiential and innovative approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Parker and Varella will facilitate, organize, and lead professional learning in their areas of content knowledge, while also ensuring alignment of curriculum and instruction, and supporting the transition of students from middle to high school.

For each of these positions, search committees were formed, composed of teachers and administrators. After a very thorough search and interview process, each committee put forward finalists for the two roles. Following follow-up interviews, lesson reviews, and reference checks, each of them were offered the positions by Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter, and accepted. Parker and Varella will begin their new positions in Monomoy on July 1, 2023.