Worcester's Mass Academy Has Two New Teachers This Fall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/September 27, 1999
Contact: WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Two new teachers have joined the Massachusetts Academy for Mathematics and Science, located on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus. In addition to their teaching duties, they are part of a team working on science research projects and serve as advisors to the class of 2001.

  • Theloise Ferrell of Ashburnham, Mass. teaches humanities, which comprises English, history, art and music. She recently has led studies of tribal cultures with Mass Academy students, among other topics.

    She earned a 1991 master's degree in Teaching English from Fitchburg State College and a 1967 B.S. degree in Teaching English, with a minor in drama, from Radford (Va.) University. She was selected for advanced studies at Brown University's Institute for the Humanities and participated in Brown's Critical Friends group, a peer coaching initiative. She most recently has been at Souhegan High School in Amherst, Mass., teaching American and world literature and creative writing. With a diverse background in elementary, middle and secondary school education, she was selected as one of 60 teachers from a field of 1,400 candidates to establish a new member school of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a reform initiative.

    She has coordinated a writing program, has developed a college-and-career portfolio for junior English classes, has led student advisory groups and has advised National Honor Society in addition to other extensive educational experience.

  • Stanley E. Vargas of Worcester, Mass. teaches science, concentrating on intermediate and advanced chemistry. Next term he will teach a course in electronics. Vargas involved Mass Academy students in a geology project in preparation for an Oct. 14-17 conference of math and science schools in Arkansas.

    He earned a 1983 master's degree in religion and education at Loma Linda (Calif.) University and a 1978 B.S. degree in biology, with a minor in chemistry, physics and theology, from Southern College in Collegedale, Tenn. He most recently has taught science at Exeter (N.H.) High School and has had 18 years of teaching experience in science, electronics, math and computer studies.

    He was chosen as a 1989 NASA Teacher Launch Observer and has been an AIDS Resource Mentor for four years. He earned a 1990 National Science Foundation Fellowship in biotechnology at Seattle University and a 1994-95 NSF Fellowship in chemistry at Portland State University. At the University of Oregon, he participated in a Summer Outreach in Science Program for physics, chemistry and biology teachers. He also attended at program on engineering techniques at Dartmouth College's Thayer School of Engineering.

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science is a public high school for students in grades 11 and 12. It is a collaborative effort among the commonwealth of Massachusetts, WPI and the high schools of Massachusetts to identify and nurture students with exceptional aptitude for mathematics and science. While it has a particular focus on math and science, the academy maintains a commitment to the study of the humanities. Students in grade 11 learn from master teachers in various disciplines. Students in grade 12 attend classes at WPI, one of the top technological universities in the country.

For more information on the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science, visit http://www.massacademy.org.