SAU 41 Newsletter highlights

Virginia Grady, SAU 41 Bookkeeper/Professional Development

Dr. John Moody- Interim Superintendent
Dr. Moody earned his BEd and MEd from Keene State College and his CAGS and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. He was a principal in Westmoreland, Marlborough and Woodbury School in Salem before becoming the Assistant Superintendent for SAU#16 and then for the Salem School District. Dr. Moody received the School Administrator – Outstanding Service Award in 2006. He was described as a “dedicated, enthusiastic ‘cheerleader’ for the Salem School district.”

Dr. Moody retired after serving for four years as the Superintendent of the Derry Cooperative School District. The following year he became the temporary Town Administrator for Derry overseeing town services and addressing a budget shortfall. Dr. Moody has served as a member of the NHSAA Executive Board, the Board of Governors for NH Public Television, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Merrimack County, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Elementary Schools. He also served as the Director of the Education Certification Program at Rivier College.

Dr. Moody brings tremendous knowledge and enthusiasm to his new position as the Interim Superintendent of the Hollis, Brookline and Hollis/Brookline School Districts. Please join us in welcoming him.

A personal note from…
Cynthia Matte – Interim Assistant Superintendent, (formerly the Principal @ HBHS)

I am very excited to be joining the SAU Staff!  I am looking forward to working with all the districts to continue to move forward with the goals as outlined in our strategic plan.  Additionally, I will be working with Common Core State Standards and what that means and what it will look like in each district.  Also, I will be involved in the professional development for those in the district.

…and from…
Paula Izbicki – HPS Assistant Principal

I am so excited to join the Hollis Primary School as the new Assistant Principal and Special Education and Preschool Coordinator.  I have been in education for the past twelve years, six of which I taught in both 3rd and 5th grades in the Concord School District.  Prior to that, I spent six years in the Manchester School District teaching grades 5, 4, and 2.  During my time in Manchester, I also was a Literacy Coach which gave me the opportunity to be part of the leadership team, implement school-wide RTI, lead lesson studies, lead PLC’s, and provide teacher feedback.  I earned my undergraduate at Plymouth State University and my masters at New England College.  Most importantly I am a mother of three and understand the importance of education and community working together to impact children.  I look forward to working in Hollis and being part of this wonderful community!

Richard Barnes – Interim Principal, HBHS, (Formerly an Assistant Principal @ HBHS
Congratulations to Rick Barnes who has been selected to replace Cynthia Matte as Interim Principal of Hollis Brookline High School.

Timothy Girzone – Interim Assistant Principal, HBHS, (Former Chair/Teacher of Wellness-Fitness)
Also please congratulate Tim Girzone who has been selected to replace Rick as Interim Assistant Principal at Hollis Brookline High School.

A personal note from…
Carrie Marsh – Human Resources
My name is Carrie Marsh and I live in Milford, NH with my husband, Dan, and our two children – my son Connor is 6 and step-daughter Nikki is 9. I have been an HR Professional for nearly 10 years, in both the public and private sectors. In my spare time (though I don’t often find any!), I sing, coach cheerleading, and sit on the Board of Directors for the Milford Mustangs.  My goal for the Human Resources Department at SAU 41 is to provide accurate, friendly, quality service to our most important customers – YOU!

Anne Elser –Assistant Director of Student Services
Anne Elser has joined the SAU Office as the Assistant Director of Student Services. She brings a wealth of classroom experience in both General and Special Education classrooms. She holds both a Principal and Special Education Administrator certification. Anne comes to us from Measured Progress, where she worked on student assessment. She has experience in program development, behavior management, curriculum design and support for students with highly modified programs. Anne has also been an Adjunct Professor at Granite State College in the area of Intellectual Disabilities Certification Endorsements. We are excited to have her in our department.

Jennifer Anderson – SPED Coordinator
Jennifer Anderson
received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and General Special Education and her Masters in Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from Rivier College. She anticipates receiving her Certification in Principal and Special Education Administration in the spring of 2014. Jennifer grew up in Brunswick, Maine. During her teens,she worked as a car hop in a drive-in restaurant; hervery first real job. She is married with two young daughters.