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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Emily Morrill

My name is Emily Morrill and I have been at the Wang Middle School since 2018. I am one of the special education teachers for our adjustment program. I have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from UML as well as a Master's degree in Mild/Moderate disabilities from Merrimack College. I grew up attending Lowell Public Schools (including the Wang) and always dreamed about coming back to teach here. My goal is to create a safe classroom environment in which my students feel comfortable and capable of taking risks both academically and socially/emotionally in order to discover effective ways to thrive both in and out of the classroom. When not teaching you can find me on the Merrimack River as Assistant Coach to the Lowell High School Crew team or lounging around reading a good book.

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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.

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Katie Pelleriti

My name is Katie Pelleriti and I teach 5th grade Special Education. This will be my 9th year at the Wang school. My favorite thing to do in my free time is bake delicious treats for my friends and family. My favorite day of the week is Polka Dot Wednesday. I love to spend summer days going to Ogunquit Beach in Maine. 

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Katelyn Thomas

My name is Katelyn Thomas and I’m the Reading Specialist at the Wang Middle School.  I earned a bachelor’s in science from the Hi University of Massachusetts Boston, a  master’s in special education from Lesley University, and an Education Specialist in Reading & Language from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This is my 8th year at the Wang School and my 13th year teaching. My goal is to provide a fun and comfortable environment for my students as they learn and apply new reading skills. When I’m not at school I enjoy exercising and spending time with my husband and six-year-old daughter. 

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Britney Trihn

My name is Britney (Ms.) Trinh. I am a 1-on-1 special education paraprofessional at the Wang Middle School. I am also an alumni from 2018 and this is my first year back! I enjoy photography, snowboarding, and honestly anything. I love spreading positivity and seeing kiddos smile! :) I also believe pineapples taste heavenly on pizzas! 

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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.