Jim Muthig grew up in Upstate NY a long time ago and moved to North Berwick, Maine in the mid 1990s. Mr. Muthig earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Maritime College and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine. At ALA Mr. Muthig teachers AP Computer Science, Digital Literacy, and Engineering. Mr. Muthig is also a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Digital Electronics Master Teacher responsible for training teachers during the summer at participating universities on the PLTW engineering curriculum. Most recently during the summer of 2018 he taught at San Diego State University where he also got to spend his off time with his oldest son, Ben, who is employed by General Atomics Aviation as an aeronautical engineer in San Diego, CA. Mr. Muthig and his wife Mary have three other children, Cara (21), Asa (18) and Mya (16). When not teaching he enjoys working on his garden railroad and volunteering at a YMCA family camp on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Maria Payano was born in the Dominican Republic where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics. After moving to the United States she finished her Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Spanish. She has taught in the Lawrence Public Schools since 1993. Currently, she is the Pre-AP and AP Language and Culture teacher at Abbott Lawrence Academy where she teaches honors courses to native language students.
Kaitlin Dinet was born in Pearl River, New York, a town north of New York City. After graduating from high school, Ms. Dinet attended Williams College where she double majored in biology and psychology. Ms. Dinet also played varsity softball for all four years at Williams and played pitcher, first base and third base. After graduating from college in 2013, Ms. Dinet began teaching middle school science in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She coached basketball for all three years at her school and was involved in many social emotional learning initiatives at her school as well. After three years in the classroom, Ms. Dinet took a year off from teaching to complete her Masters of Education in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Here she focused on trauma sensitive teaching practices and education policy and advocacy. She also interned at the Harvard Law School Education Law Clinic where she worked on advocating for special education students’ rights under the law. She is excited to be teaching high school biology at Abbott this year! Outside of school, Ms. Dinet likes to stay active, watch sports and read books!
Sara Sobieski grew up in Newington, Connecticut. After high school she attended the University of Connecticut for her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and Sociology and minoring in Political Science. After completing...
As a graduate from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Stacey Ciprich majored in history and secondary education, as well as serving as senior class president of the graduating class of 2007 and the National History Scholar of New Jersey. After teaching in New Jersey, she joined Teach For America and worked in St. Louis Public Schools teaching history and civics, serving as the Social Studies Department Head, then College Placement Coordinator, and then Assistant Principal while also obtaining a Masters of Education and Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri. Also while in New Jersey and St. Louis, Ms. Ciprich was actively involved in extra-curricular activities such as serving as the head Varsity cheerleading coach, Student Government advisor, and leadership team in which her school, Northwest Academy of Law, received its accreditation. In 2012, Ms. Ciprich accepted a position with the Lawrence Public Schools where she became the Assistant Principal at the Health and Human Services High School, now a Level One high school, at the Lawrence High School Campus until December of 2014, when she transitioned to becoming the founding Principal of Abbott Lawrence Academy. Ms. Ciprich, has been the Principal at ALA since January 2015, from the school's initial creation. Ms. Ciprich also attended Boston College as the first member of the Lawrence Public Schools to be accepted into the Lynch Leadership Academy.
Molly Malandrino grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After graduating from UMass Amherst, Ms. Malandrino came back to the Merrimack Valley and began work as the Support Services Coordinator at the North Andover Youth & Recreation Services. After gaining many years of experience and knowledge, she decided to continue her education and obtained her Masters through Salem State University. Ms. Malandrino completed her Master’s in Education and School Counseling in June 2018. Ms. Malandrino has been actively involved in many youth leadership programs, community service programs, and continues to serve many different roles at the North Andover Youth Center. In March 2018, Ms. Malandrino came to Abbott Lawrence Academy as a long term substitute in Guidance and is thrilled to be able to stay on the Abbott Lawrence Academy team full- time. Outside of school, Ms. Malandrino enjoys cooking, being with her family and friends, and traveling.
Raul Cruz was born and raised in the Bronx, New York to Dominican immigrant parents. One of six boys in his family, he was determined and heavily supported in his academic and athletic pursuits. He later attended The Governors Academy in Byfield, MA as a City Prep/A Better Chance scholar. After graduating from high school, Raul attended and received his B.A. from Williams College. He began his career as a middle school math teacher in Pittsfield, MA and continued teaching when his wife’s education moved their family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. After completing his Masters in Educational Leadership at the University of Michigan, Raul worked as a Project Coordinator for the Center of the Study of Black Youth in Context conducting research and data collection. With his parents and brothers now spread throughout the Merrimack Valley, Raul took on the position of Academic Fellow for the LPS district and now serves as the Assistant Principal for Abbott Lawrence Academy. Raul and his wife Tatiana have three children: Raul Jr, Amaya, and Lola. His interests are basketball, baseball, and football and his favorite show is “The 4400”. Oh and he’s a diehard Yankees fan!!!
Micaela Tetrault is the Guidance Counselor at Abbott Lawrence Academy. Ms. Tetrault grew up in North Andover, Massachusetts. After graduating from high school, Ms. Tetrault attended Salem State College, where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduating, Ms. Tetrault began working as the Social Programs Coordinator for North Andover Youth & Recreation Services. She gained many years of experience planning and implementing programs, events and community service opportunities for youth in her community. It was through her experiences working with middle school and high school youth and their families that she decided to continue her education in Social Work. Ms. Tetrault began a Masters of Social Work Program at University of New England, while continuing to work full-time for Youth & Recreation Services. In 2015, while finishing her final year in her MSW program, Ms. Tetrault joined the Abbott Lawrence Academy team as the Social Work Intern. Ms. Tetrault graduated in May 2016 with her Masters in Social Work and was thrilled to join the Abbott Lawrence Academy team full-time and continue to support the ALA students as their Guidance Counselor. Outside of school, Ms. Tetrault enjoys spending time with her family and friends, travelling and planning her upcoming wedding.
Kristina De la Cruz is from Boxford, Massachusetts, but has also lived in Mexico and Dominican Republic. Mrs. De la Cruz obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont and Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Mrs. De la Cruz obtained her Master degree in both Education and English Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. De la Cruz had begun her teaching career at The Forman School in Litchfield, Connecticut, a small private boarding school for students with learning disabilities. Then, she taught for five years at Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, a private boarding school. Outside of Abbott Mrs. De la Cruz lives in a bi-cultural and bi-lingual home where she speaks both English and Spanish and celebrates her New England culture and her family's Dominican culture. Mrs. De la Cruz loves to cook, work in her garden, and spend time with her children.
Sean Fabun is a native Californian who has lived all across the United States and in Europe. He earned a BA in History and Philosophy from the American University in Washington, DC, and an MA in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland. He is passionate about history, as he believes it is necessary to understand the past to know the present, and especially focuses on power dynamics, freedom struggles, and geopolitics. Additionally, Sean has broad academic interests and pursuits, including but not limited to: theoretical physics, evolution, language and linguistics, developmental psychology, and folk stories. In his free time Sean likes to read and attends concerts and festivals. Sean’s dreams are to open Reuben’s Deli (so he can share his sandwich-making prowess with the world) and/or the Free School (where he can facilitate a truly student-driven educational process and program).