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Gilford welcomes new educators

The Gilford School District's new educators. From left to right: Sarah Achorn, Ryan Cameron, Andrew Pegg, Maurice Reese, Brendan Aucoin, Jen McDonald, and Victoria Seager. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
September 05, 2019
The Gilford School District is welcoming seven new educators, who were in their new classrooms and working with students for the first day of school.

The new teachers joined staff members from across the district at a workshop at Gilford High School the week before school started.

This year, seven new teachers are coming into the Gilford School District: three each at Gilford Elementary School and Gilford High School an one at Gilford Middle School.

GES Principal Danielle Bolduc and GMS Principal Peter Sawyer said they were excited about the new teachers.

"It seems like they view Gilford as a destination," said GHS Principal Anthony Sperazzo. "They wanted to be here in this community."

Superintendent Kirk Beitler noted that some of the new teachers attended Gilford schools and came back to the district as educators.

Sarah Achorn is teaching social studies at GHS. She previously taught at Moultonborough Academy.

"(I'm) back in the community I grew up in," Achorn said.

Ryan Cameron is a new behavior interventionist at GES after coming from Plymouth Regional High School.

"It's a great community with a lot of great resources," Cameron said of Gilford.

Andrew Pegg is teaching biology and chemistry at GHS. He came to Gilford from Louis Mills High School in Wallingford, Conn.

"I'm closer to my grandfather, which is awesome," Pegg said. "I'm closer to the mountains, where I can snowboard and hike."

Maurice Reese became a special education teacher for grades K-1 at GES after serving as a paraeducator at the school and took the teaching position after someone left last year.

Reese has lived in the area for 10 years and is also a coach for the football team.

"I just love the community," Reese said.

Brendan Aucoin is the new GES World Language teacher, coming from Brewster Academy.

"I just think it's a community that really supports education and wants to do what's best in the community and supports teachers," Aucoin said.

Jen McDonald teaches math at GHS, previously she taught at Laconia Middle School.

"I like that I'm teaching high school, kind of excited about a new grade level," McDonald said.

Victoria Seager is teaching fifth grade social studies at GMS after coming from Hamilton, New York.

"It's where I grew up, it's where my family is," Seager said.

She attended Gilford schools and remembered the teachers who inspired her to take on he profession.

"It's really cool working with them now, being on that side of it," Seager said.

Varney Smith
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