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Ten new teachers in Berlin


August 30, 2012
BERLIN - The Berlin School District will see 10 new teachers this year. An orientation was held last Thursday for the new staff, after which they got a tour of all of the school buildings.

Amelia Alton, a Milan resident, will be a new first grade teacher at the Brown School. She received her bachelor's degree in Childhood Studies K-8 through the North Country Teacher Certification Program through Plymouth State University.

She said she wanted to teach in Berlin because she attended Berlin schools from grades 1-12.

"I had a great experience and would like to pay it forward to future students," she said. "I want to provide students with the opportunity to have a great educational experiece through a variety of education experiences to meet the needs of individual students."

Patricia Packard will be teaching a multi-age classroom, grades one and two, at Brown School. She has a degree from Keene State College and lives in Dalton.

"I have always loved the beauty of the area. Berlin has a wonderful school system and great teachers," she said. "I am looking forward to working with a great team of teachers. I am excited to become part of the Berlin community."

Pamala Atkinson, a Groveton resident, will be a special education teacher at Brown. Atkinson has been working in the education field for 20 years in different areas. She graduated from Granite State College in 2010.

"I want to see the North Country schools become a great place to educate our youth," she said, as to why she wants to teach in Berlin. She said she is looking forward to all the new ideas and phases taking place in the Berlin School District.

Nichole Ottavinia will be teaching physical education at Brown and Hillside. She has a degree from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. She will be relocating to the area from Lake Placis, N.Y.

She said she wanted to teach in Berlin because, "Berlin has a small town, local, community feel that I can appreciate, enjoy and grow with professionally."

"I am looking forward to incorporating new and interesting activities for various ages and to share my coaching knowledge with all levels of student athletes," she said.

Kate Moore will be a new grade 3 teacher at Hillside. She has a masters in education from University of Southern Maine and six years of experience teaching grades K-2. She moved to the area over the summer from North Conway.

She is looking forward to becoming immersed in the community, continue her career, and, especially meeting the kids.

Anthony Mullins is a new seventh grade math teacher at the Berlin Middle School. He has a degree from Plymouth State University. He is a Milan native.

He attended Berlin middle and high schools. "It has been my goal to teach in Berlin," he said. "I want to continue the tradition of teaching mathematics. I also want to get involved with athletics."

Anne Dignard, is a new seventh grade English teacher. She has both a bachelor and master's degree in teaching English from UNH. She is moving to the area from New Boston, NH.

She wanted to teach in Berlin to be closer to family, she said.

"I can't wait to be part of such an organized school and district," she said.

Hannah Dean is a new eighth grade English teacher. She is a graduate of St.Lawrence University. She is relocating to the district from Sutton, NH.

"The education system is strong and it's a beautiful area," she said, when asked why she wanted to teach in Berlin.

She is most looking forward to "connecting with the students."

Allan Pike is the new engineering and drafting teacher at Berlin High School. He is a graduate of Keene State College. He was born and raised in Berlin and now lived in Gorham.

He is most looking forward to working with the students and adding new items to the program.

The district has a new music teacher. Rachel Carlson will be teaching music for grades 3-12. She is a graduate of Plymouth State University and has taught K-12 in the Merrimack Valley School District. She is relocating from Loudon, NH.

"The North Country is very beautiful and I feel a great sense of community here. Plus, it's in my native state of New Hampshire," she said. "I am very excited to connect with both staff and students. I already feel welcomed into the Berlin family,"

Although not a teacher, another new member of the staff is Alex Baker, who will be the district technology person. He has an associates degree in information technology.

A resident of Stark, he is excited to have found a job in Berlin because he wanted to find an IT job close to home.

He is looking forward to "working with and learning from the school's network."

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