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Watertown School District welcomes Patrick Dayton [MEd Special Ed '19] to their faculty as a grade 7 special education teacher at the Watertown Middle School. Patrick “Pat” Dayton graduated from Westfield State University, and then Cambridge College, with a master of education in special education in 2019. He worked in Belmont Public Schools as a 1:1 professional aide for five years, and more recently as a special education teacher in the Melrose Public Schools for the last five years. He believes that in order to best support students, the team needs to have a shared approach, and he values collaboration and partnership with the student’s other teachers, specialists, and family. He lives in Watertown with his wife, his 3-year-old, and his 3-month-old.” [Photo Courtesy / Watertown Public Schools]
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On Aug. 26, Allison Lacasse [MEd, 2010] began her new role as the Belmont High School band director. According to Visual and Performing Arts Director Arto Asadoorian, Lacasse is a flutist who actively performs and maintains a robust studio of private students. She earned her bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Rhode Island and holds a master's degree in elementary education from Cambridge College and in music education from the American Band College in Washington. She has served as a clinician and adjudicator for the Rhode Island State Assessment Festival, the Southeastern MA Bandmasters Association and the MMEA All-State Festival. Lacasse has been teaching in the Chelmsford Public Schools for 12 years. She started out as an elementary school music teacher and became the middle school's band director in 2013. She has also served as the Chelmsford High School assistant marching band director. In an email to parents, Asadoorian wrote, "Under her direction, the band program at McCarthy (and subsequently, a Chelmsford High School) has reached unprecedented levels of performance." Asadoorian said one of Lacasse's most impressive accomplishments in Chelmsford has been the creation of the "AllTown Wind Ensemble," a non- auditioned group of students in grades 5-12 who meet once per week to rehearse and perform advanced band repertoire. The ensemble earned a gold medal at the 2018 MICCA and just recently earned a silver medal at the 2019 MICCA Festival. "Her obvious love of music and her passion for music education stands out, as does her affection and devotion towards her students," said Asadoorian. [photo: Kerrie Moore]