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The Mansfield Public Schools has appointed Jim Leonard (MEd '03) as the new director of special education. School Superintendent Teresa Murphy presented Leonard to the School Committee on April 10. After a brief question-and-answer session, he was unanimously chosen for the position. Leonard has been working in the Mansfield schools as the assistant director of secondary special education for four years. Before coming to Mansfield, Leonard had a career with the police department, but he moved into teaching and found his niche in special education. Leonard's degrees come from Assumption College, Cambridge College and Fitchburg College. "I've had the good fortune of working in my hometown for 25 years, and I've raised my three kids here," Leonard said. "I can't think of a better place to live. I've got a strong connection to the town. I've served on the Board of Health, coached, and I'm heavily invested in the community."
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Carrie Wilson is an Elementary Science Specialist at the Bennikar Charter School in Cambridge. She’s also a student in one of our many science programs. In her “Teaching Science & Technology in Early Childhood & Elementary Curriculum” class, she was tasked with developing a design/engineering demonstration that addressed the Engineering Standards in the MA Science Frameworks for 2016. Carrie addressed the concept that many engineering design/structures are derived from the natural world. “In this demo,” explains Professor John Papadonis (who is also shown in the picture), “Carrie has taken a total of 12 paper cups and added two pieces of cardboard on top of each layer of cups. It is in fact, the cylindrical design of the paper cups that is supporting all of her weight. This concept is borrowed from the design of plant stems in the natural world.” Well done, Carrie!