Four new faces at middle school

  • Four new staff members start the year at Great Brook School.
  • Four new staff members start the year at Great Brook School.
  • Four new staff members start the year at Great Brook School.

ANTRIM — Four new employees have joined the Great Brook Middle School staff this year.

In the office, there will be two new faces — Catrina Young and Bambi Kierstead. Both have already been in their new positions for a few weeks, the two said in an interview on Thursday at Great Brook School. Kierstead will be handling much of the school’s financial processes. She previously worked at Franklin Pierce University for seven years in its Financial Aid Department. Prior to that, she worked as an executive secretary at First National Bank and at the Mallard Group. Kierstead will be in the position for a year, working on scheduling and budgets. She will be taking over the position for Koren Krslovic, who will still be working in the district in payroll at the SAU offices.

Young has prior experience in the district as a administrative assistant in Antrim Elementary School for six years. “I’ve made the big leap across the parking lot,” Young joked. Young also attended a technical school in Concord for a degree in early childhood education and dental assisting. She will be taking over the position currently held by Kathy Wasserloos, who is retiring this year. Wasserloos is still on the job, assisting in the transition, until Sept. 22.

Liz Lawrence will be switching from ConVal High School, where she worked as a special education teacher and department head, to Great Brook and South Meadow School, where she will be working as the special education coordinator. Lawrence said she’s been adjusting to the difficulties of coordinating for two different schools, but said that she feels very comfortable working in the district. “Coming to Great Brook is like coming home for me,” she said.

Lawrence has a degree in speech communication from Suni State University.

Hollis Wilson, who will be joining Great Brook as a part-time extended learning instructor for grades 5 through 8, is another familiar face in the district, being the varsity track coach at ConVal high School. The extended learning program is designed to give children access to expanded opportunity programs that tech skills in a non-traditional way, said Wilson. That includes endeavors like putting together a school newspaper or newsletter, putting on plays or a morning news program.

“I am so excited to teach the extended learning program,” said Wilson. “We’re going to be putting some focus on applied mathematics, putting together a satirical newspaper or magazine and a course on extreme weather as well as Lego robotics.”

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