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Mary C. Connolly, Program Chair for Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning programs at Cambridge College, helped form the Health Education Teacher Education Standards for The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP is a professional accreditor of educator preparation providers (EPPs) that have programs leading to certification/licensure. In partnership with CAEP, SHAPE America is the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) for health education, and as such, SHAPE America develops the national standards and guidelines for health education teacher education. Within EPPs seeking CAEP accreditation, health education teacher preparation programs leading to initial licensure can apply to CAEP and SHAPE America for SPA program review toward National Recognition. Connolly was one of seven Initial HETE Standards Revision Task Force members from around the country involved in setting the new standards. Cambridge College offers a master’s degree in Skills-Based Health/Social Emotional Learning that prepares health educators to be proficient in the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers, the National Health Education Standards and the CAEP health education teacher education standards. We also offer two graduate certificates in social emotional learning.
Alumni Spotlight
Carissa Karakaedos (MEd ‘08) has been selected as the new principal of Lynn Tech. Karakaedos, 41, is currently serving as the district administrator of Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School. “I’m so excited,” said Karakaedos. “There’s something so special about going home to where you started your teaching career.” Karakaedos began her teaching career at Lynn Tech, spending four years as a math and science teacher. Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham said what stood out about Karakaedos was her experience and her reputation for doing good work. Prior to her current position, Karakaedos served for nine years as the vocational director and assistant superintendent of the Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District. She also taught at Lincoln Technical Institute and later became their director of education. She has been an adjunct instructor at Northern Essex Community College, the UMASS Boston and is currently an adjunct instructor at Fitchburg State University. Karakaedos said it’s hard to leave her current position, but she’s a principal at heart and leading a school building is her passion. When she starts her new position, Karakaedos said she’ll focus on the core values she’s always lived by with her leadership roles, which are celebrating student successes; openly, honestly and effectively communicating with the community; and continuing to enhance the quality of educational programs at the school. “The sky’s the limit for students. As a principal, it’s my job to make sure I open up that doorway for them.” Karakaedos has a bachelor of science degree from Simmons College, a master’s degree in educational administration from Cambridge College and a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership from Salem State University.