Professional Status Granted To 26 Belmont Educators

Photo: Brianna Normile, who earned her professional status from the school district she attended for her entire elementary and secondary education, including graduating from Belmont High School.

Belmont Schools Superintendent John Phelan said this year’s celebration on the granting of 26 educators’ professional status was special for him on a personal level. One of the educators who were honored on Oct. 27 at a virtual meeting of the Belmont School Committee was a student he knew a decade ago when he was an assistant Middle School principal.

“I won’t call her out,” said Phelan, but said it was so rewarding to have taught her and now seeing her as a teacher.

Under state statute, a teacher who has served in the public schools of a school district for the three previous consecutive school years is deemed to have earned “professional teacher status,” which is sometimes referred to as tenure.

Included in the group includes Brianna Normile, who earned her professional status from the school district she attended for her entire elementary and secondary education, including graduating from Belmont High School.

Noting that the keepsake given to him 17 years ago when he earned his professional status as a teacher at the Chenery Middle School is on his desk, Director of Human Capital Mike McAllister, gaining professional status is no small accomplishment as it not only means each teacher, specialist and leader met expectations but will serve the larger mission: to educate the children of Belmont and prepare them for the future.

This year’s teachers and educators include:

  • Eleanor Ahlborn-Hsu
  • Elizabeth Willis
  • Margaret Dagon
  • Kerry Eaton
  • Nicole Frisone
  • Meghan Gallagher
  • Scott Giusti
  • Lauren Grossi
  • Kaitlyn Kennedy
  • Emily Communiello
  • Lea Walsh
  • Elise Stoppel
  • Stephanie Chan
  • Melissa Chalmers
  • Jennifer Richards
  • Elizabeth O’Connor
  • Sara Carson
  • Lisa Carlivati
  • Brianna Normile
  • Sonia Neuberger
  • Kassie Bettinelli
  • Steven Berson
  • Catherine Monnin
  • Sarah McInnis
  • Marella Averill
  • Tawnya Lewis

‘Override’ Class Of Belmont Educators Earn Professional Status

Photo: The ‘Override” Class of newly minted professional educators.

A quiz of teachers gathered at the Chenery Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to celebrate a milestone in their career; earning their professional teaching status in the Belmont public schools. Each in the group had successfully completed three years teaching or working with educators and had started their fourth school year last month.

And it’s a whopper of a class: 33 teachers and administrators by far the largest number of educators to earn professional status in the collective institutional memory of administrators attending the ceremony hosted by the Belmont School Committee. Mary Pederson, the schools director of human resources, said the number reflects both retirements and “that this year marks the first group of staff that was hired with the funds from the (2015) override we successfully passed.” 

“And I know the students and parents in the district … are grateful we have all of you out in the schools teaching classes and helping to keep our class sizes aren’t so big,” said Pederson. Superintendent John Phelan and School Committee Chair Susan Burgess-Cox greeted and presented each attending educator with a small gift

The educators are:

  • Elizabeth Baker, Belmont High, Director of Science
  • David Beebe, Chenery, Technology Engineering
  • Maria Bonfiglio, Burbank, Special Education
  • Jane Brandt, Chenery, ESL
  • Lauren Chancey, Winn Brook, Grade 2
  • Robyn Cohen, Chenery, Guidance Counselor
  • Abbie Dufault, Butler, Grade 1
  • Kate Ebdon, Wellington, Grade 2
  • Laura Fink, Burbank, Grade 2
  • Ezra Flam, Belmont High, Theater Arts
  • Caeli Fraher, Winn Brook, Grade 1
  • Timothy Glick, Chenery, Math, Grade 8
  • Jonathan Golden, Chenery, Math, Grade 7
  • David Gonzales, Chenery, Health+Physical Education
  • Anna Guastella, Belmont High, English
  • Jenna Judge, Wellington, Grade 1
  • Catrina Knapp, Chenery, Grade 5, Math/Science
  • Megan Marincic, Winn Brook, ESL
  • Kimberly Masterson, Belmont High, English
  • Kathryn McLeod, Belmont High, Technology Engineering
  • Stephanie Messing, Butler, Grade 2
  • Aaron Ogilvie, Wellington, Grade 4
  • Mark Olowinski, Belmont High, Math
  • Jessica Pulido, Belmont High, Math
  • Jennifer Scranton, Elementary, Science Facilitator
  • Erin Severy, Wellington, Grade 4
  • Jamie Shea, Belmont High, Social Studies
  • Cynthia St. Clair, Wellington, Grade 3
  • Leslie Sullivan, Belmont High, French and Spanish
  • Crystal Waters, Chenery, Math, Grade 6
  • Grace Yegen, Chenery, ESL