This story is about the new staff that was hired at the Marion Cross School last September. I will be writing the stories in phases as there are several employees and not all the bios have been received. I checked in with Mr. Bill Hammond, who supplied me with the school photos of the staff. he also asked that I contact each person for a Bio, which I am in the process of completing.
Here is the information and photos of the staff members that I am writing about today.
Hello Norwich, Meet Laurie LeComer Clark, Learning Specialist
Laurie comes to us from Connecticut, having taught Special Ed for 16 years in Fairfield and Greenwich, CT, and four years prior in Virginia and New York. She is the author of, A Parent’s Guide to Developmental Delays and The Socially Included Child and is currently working on her first novel. Laurie has two sons and a daughter, and three step-sons, spanning ages 17 to 23. She is very excited to be a new member of the Marion Cross team!
My name is Reigan Thomas, I graduated from Hanover High School in 2012, and I am excited to be back in the Upper Valley! After graduating from high school, I attended the University of New Hampshire where I studied Human Development and Education. Since graduating, I’ve lived in New York City where I taught 4th grade at a charter school in Harlem. I have enjoyed being back in the Norwich area, and working with the incredible Teachers and Staff at Marion Cross!
MADAME MOSKOWITZ French Teacher
Madame Minda Moskowitz grew up on Long Island, NY, where she began studying French in eighth grade. In ninth, tenth and eleventh grades, she also took Spanish. In her senior year, she added Italian to her language studies. That year, she earned recognition as the only student to have taken and passed “with flying colors” all three New York State Foreign Language Regents Exams.
As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, Minda chose French as one of her majors. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Paris through a Columbia University program that was taught by their own professors. She also took a course in International Relations at Sciences Po. At the University of Rochester graduation, Minda was selected to speak as the representative of the foreign language department and received an award for “excelling in French.”
She then continued her studies at New York University Graduate School where she earned her MA in French Language and Civilization.
Her thesis was an application of generative grammar in which she compared five distinct translations of Les Chats (a sonnet by Charles Baudelaire), which demonstrated how translating between languages is more complicated than it appears.
She believes that in order to engage students, they must be actively involved in their own learning. To do this, the students share what is happening in their lives and what is important to them. For most students, this begins entirely in English. However, through media, songs and games, they acquire French vocabulary and sentence structure which enables them to do their sharing with more confidence...and more French.
Stay tuned Norwich, until the next phase of this story.