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Shawsheen Tech Welcomes 8 New Teachers To The Staff

Sep 23, 2015 11:37AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

New teachers at Shawsheen Tech, (left to right) Timothy Francis, Rob McIsaac, Heather Tate, Michael Carter, Scott Hewitt, Pat Kelly, Lauren Merrill, Jessica O’Neill, Ed O’Mara, James Largenton and Al Chase.

(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the administration of Shawsheen Tech.)

BILLERICA – Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomes eight teachers and three aides to its family this school year, a group that includes an exciting combination of experience and enthusiasm.

Billerica resident Lauren Merrill is a new social studies teacher at Shawsheen.

A recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Merrill graduated from Billerica Memorial High where she enjoyed participating in musical theatre at BMHS.

In her spare time, Merrill enjoys lifting weights and working out and hopes to become involved in Shawsheen sports in some way in the near future.

Jessica O’Neill and Edward O’Mara are new science teachers. 

O’Mara will teach biology and chemistry. He most recently taught at North Andover High School after graduating from Merrimack College.

O’Mara previously taught summer school at Shawsheen before taking the full-time job at the school.

A native of Salem, New Hampshire, O’Mara hopes to some day coach hockey.

O’Neill, a native of Mansfield, will teach biology and physics. A graduate of RPI, O’Neill has several experiences outside of the classroom including working as a research assistant at McLean Hospital and an educational tutor at Education Inc.

“I’m excited,” she said. “Everyone has been very helpful and very nice. It seems like a great place so far.”

O’Neill enjoys skiing and dancing in her spare time and is also hoping to become involved in the school’s ski club.

Michael Carter is the school’s newest automotive teacher and brings a wealth of experience to the department. 

Carter is an ASE advanced specialist and Master Automotive Technician that worked at DeLuca Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep for the past 11 years and with an independent repair shop before deciding on a career change.

“I worked with students at the dealership as mentor,” said Carter. “I was a student at Nashua Community College and was a co-op student at the dealership while I was [in college] and I kind of feel like teaching is my chance to give back to the next generation of students.”

A native of North Andover and a 2001 graduate of North Andover High, Carter still resides in North Andover with his wife and two young children.

James Largenton left his position as an electrician for the town of Arlington for the past nine years to become a new electrical teacher at Shawsheen. A 1994 graduate of Shawsheen, Largenton is excited to return to his former school.

“I started my whole career here,” said the native of Wilmington, who still lives in Wilmington with his wife and two children. “I thought it would be pretty cool to come back. The new shops they have here are very nice, I’m very impressed.”

Al Chase is the new electronics teacher at Shawsheen.

Chase’s background is in electrical engineering and he was in the industry for 15 years working at Analog Devices in Wilmington before turning to education.

“I’ve thought about teaching for quite some time,” Chase said.

Chase grew up locally, but now resides in Southern New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

The mathematics department welcomes Patrick Kelly. Kelly previously taught at Nashoba Tech in Westford and bring a wealth of experience to the position. Kelly didn’t waste any time making an impact on the world of athletics at Shawsheen, immediately taking over as the Ram’s cross country coach.

Scott Hewitt comes to Shawsheen as the school’s newest graphic arts teacher. Hewitt is no stranger to the building as he has worked as a long-term substitute for the past two years. Hewitt comes from an athletic background. He was a three-sport athlete at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham and played lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. His brother coaches lacrosse for the Div. 1 program at Wake Forest University.

Hewitt still plays lacrosse in summer leagues and eventually hopes to coach the sport, but at the moment he’s anxious to start working with Shawsheen students.

“I’m very excited,” he said. “I’ve been working toward this for a couple of years now. Teaching is always something I thought about doing. Hewitt, a resident of Melrose with his wife and two children, worked for Target Marketing Group for nine years before his move to Shawsheen.

Heather Tate, Tim Francis and Rob McIsaac are new aides at the school.

McIsaac is a Shawsheen graduate and a former assistant wrestling coach for the Rams under head coach Mark Donovan.

McIsaac, who will work in the Dean’s Office with in-house suspension, earned a degree in history from Salem State University before entering the teaching world. He worked at Tewksbury Memorial High School as an aide and a substitute before taking the position at Shawsheen.

Tate will work in the Dean’s Office as an aide. A former special education substitute at the Merrimack Education Center, Tate has a degree in business administration.

Francis will be an aide in automotive. An ASE certified automotive technician, Francis has experience in the industry as a former commercial parts sales manager and an assistant chief of engineering for automotive and work equipment.


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