Mass. Academy Teachers Receive Farrelly Awards

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WORCESTER, Mass.-- Four master teachers at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been named Peter Farrelly Teachers for the 1995-96 academic year. The Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD) established this teacher recognition program to support the development of teacher leadership in science and mathematics education. The award honors the memory of Farrelly, who was acting superintendent of schools in the Wachusett Regional School District at the time of his death in 1987. Thirty-one educators from throughout the state were named Farrelly Teachers this year. They will receive their awards at the MASCD conference in April.

The Mass. Academy winners are: Joshua Abrams, a mathematics teacher from Jamaica Plain, Mass., Pauline Lamarche, a computer science teacher from Holden, Mass., William Luzader, a physics teacher from Brockton, Mass., and Kathleen Macridis-Ennis, a humanities teacher from Newton, Mass.

Abrams, a member of the academy's faculty since 1994, holds a bachelor of science in biology from Yale University and a master of arts in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was previously head of the Mathematics and Computer departments at The Rivers School in Weston, Mass.

Luzader earned his bachelor's degree in physics at West Virginia University and his master's degree in education at Bridgewater State College. Prior to assuming his present post in 1993, he was an astronomy and physics teacher at Brockton High School and Milton Academy, a project associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and planetarium director at Taunton High School.

LaMarche, who has taught at the academy since it was established in 1992, received her bachelor's degree in education and her master's degree in computer science from Worcester State College and is an M.B.A. candidate at Nichols College. She was previously a computer specialist for the Auburn Public Schools.

Macridis-Ennis earned a bachelor's degree at Brandeis University and a master's degree at the Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vt., and attended a one-year Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop at the Harvard University Extension. She taught English at Wellesley High School before joining the academy's faculty in 1993.

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, created by act of the Massachusetts Legislature in 1992, is a public high school for students in grades 11 and 12. It is a collaborative effort of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, WPI and the high schools of Massachusetts to identify and nurture the potential of students with exceptional aptitude for mathematics and science.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent, technological university founded in 1865.