Special Education Team

 Kristen Carter

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Kristen Carter

My name is Kristen Carter and I have been a speech-language pathologist for 3 years, but have worked with children a majority of my life. I received my master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Worcester State University. What I love most about my job is helping students become more confident and providing them with tools to be more successful in the classroom. In addition to my job as a SLP, I am also a cross-country coach here at the Wang. In my free time, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

 Kate Gleisberg

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Kate Gleisberg

My name is Kate Gleisberg and I teach 7/8 Grade Special Education.  My goal is to create a positive learning environment where students can reach their greatest potential.  When I am not at school, I am spending time with my two sons and husband.  I enjoy running, biking, going to Wells, Maine and watching football!

 Amal Haidar

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Amal Haidar

Hello, my name is Amal Haidar and I am one of the 7th and 8th grade Special Education inclusion teachers. I work  closely with students on the 72/82 team. This is my fifth year here at the Wang Middle School yet my 9th year teaching. I support students in the inclusion classroom as well as facilitate a small group reading class. In both settings, my biggest challenge is to bring out every students' greatest potential!

 Kristen Iudice

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Kristen Iudice

Hello, my name is Kristen Iudice and I am one of the 5th grade Special Education teachers here at the Wang.  I have taught in Lowell for 19 years and have been at the Wang for 13 of those years.  I earned my bachelors from the University of Connecticut and a masters in Special Education from Cambridge College.    I currently live in Lowell with my husband and 6 year old son.

 Nathan McCarthy

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Nathan McCarthy

My name is Nathan McCarthy. This is my 2nd year at the Wang working with 5th and 6th grade students. I recently graduated from Merrimack College with a degree in history and a minor in education. Living in Lowell my whole life, I am excited that I get to work with some Lowell’s greatest students. When I’m not at school, I enjoy watching football and relaxing with my dog.

 Lisa Morgan

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Lisa Morgan

My name is Lisa Morgan and I teach 7/8 Grade Special Education.  This is my 8th year at the Wang.  When I am not at school, I enjoy working out, going to the beach, traveling to Naples, FLA, decorating my house and spending time with my 3 daughters and husband. My favorite time of the year is summer and my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!

 Emily Morrill

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Emily Morrill

My name is Emily Morrill. This will be my first year as an adjustment paraprofessional. I have a Bachelor’s degree  in English literature from UML and am currently completing my Master’s degree at Lasell University in Elementary Education. Having grown up in Lowell and attended the Wang Middle School it has always been my dream of mine to someday come back and work here. When not working I can be found cuddled up with my dog reading a good book, hanging out with one of my three nieces or out enjoying nature with my boyfriend.

 Thea Paras

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Thea Paras

Hi!  My name is Thea Paras and I’m a sixth grade Special Education teacher. My grandparents were immigrants from Greece and my parents were hard working class people.  I am the oldest of five siblings and it doesn’t take money to get a good education if parents, children and teachers work together to get the best out of our children and our system. My husband was a teacher and principal for many years and I have two daughters who are also in the educational field. One lives in Arizona and is in the Air Force. She teaches kindergarten. I am honored to be a part of our excellent team at the Wang School. From the Custodians to the administration, we are all here to help our students succeed both in their educational and social journey. In my opinion, the sole purpose of my job is to push my students forward to become responsible, self-sufficient adults who will run our city with pride. I also love flowers, especially hydrangeas and roses. Someday I would love to have a yard full of both flowers.

 Katie Pelleriti

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Katie Pelleriti

My name is Katie Pelleriti and I teach 5th grade Special Ed. This is my 7th year at the Wang and my 5th year teaching. I love to bake treats for my 5th grade Team. I like to spend summer days going to Ogunquit Beach in Maine. My favorite day of the week is Polka Dot Wednesday.

 Katelyn Thomas

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Katelyn Thomas

My name is Katelyn Thomas and I’m a special education teacher servicing students in grades 5-8 at the Wang Middle School. I teach reading, ELA and math. I earned a bachelor’s in science from the University of Massachusetts Boston and a master’s in special education from Lesley University. I’m currently working towards earning an Education Specialist degree in Reading and Language/Reading Specialist from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. When I’m not at school I am spending time with my husband and two-year old daughter. I enjoy going to the gym, yoga, boating with my family and reading.

 Christina Welch

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Christina Welch

My name is Christina Welch and I teach 5/6th grade special education. I have been teaching for about 9 years, the last 5 being at the Wang.  Currently, I am working towards a BCBA license.

I grew up in Lowell and even though I no longer live here, it is still home to me. Because of this, I am so happy that I get to be a part of Lowell’s schools. In my classroom, my biggest goals are providing a safe learning environment where my students can be themselves and practice strategies that will help them function appropriately within the school and the larger community.  

When I am not at school, I can be found spending time with my 10 and 2 year old daughters, 2 dogs, and husband. I enjoy baking (decorating cakes!), working out/running, and reading…especially at the beach!

 Jessica Winget

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Jessica Winget

My name is Jessica Winget I am a special education teacher at Wang School. I previously worked at Lighthouse School for 6 years. I studied Psychology at UMass Lowell where I also played Field Hockey and won a national championship in 2005…GO Riverhawks!. My goal as a teacher is to create a positive learning environment that allows students to take academic and social/emotional risks in order to thrive both in and out of school.