Owl of the Month – Greta Phillips

1. What is your name? Greta Phillips 2. What is your role at Underwood? Teacher of English Language Learners (ELL) 3. Where did you grow up? Upton, MA 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition?  We had a couple of amazing Cultural Fairs a few years ago.  I would love to see that wonderful tradition comes back to Underwood soon! 5. Do you have a favorite Spring activity?  I love to take walks and watch everything bloom! 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. We can always learn more about cultures and each other through language!  “Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” -Flora Lewis 7. What’s your favorite color? Blue 8. What’s your favorite thing to have for lunch? Salads and sandwiches from C&N 🙂

Owl of the Month – Michelle Reddick

1. What is your name? Michelle Reddick  2. What is your role at Underwood? Metco Social worker  3. Where did you grow up? Newton, Massachusetts 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? My favorite tradition is to facilitate inclusive groups and to observe my students having open conversations about race and culture. Since the students in the group are young, there is an unspoken understanding that there is no right or wrong answer. Students learn so much from one another! It’s the best!  5. Do you have a favorite Spring activity? Going for walks with my puggle and bike rides with my family.     6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. Please be open in speaking with your children about race and culture. It’s ok not to have all the answers. When I don’t know something, I use those moments to simply say, “I don’t know. Why don’t we learn about it together?” And then I make it a teaching/learning moment. READ MORE

Owl of the Month – Leo Curry

1. What is your name? Leo Daniel Curry2. What is your role at Underwood? Senior/Head custodian 3. Where did you grow up? Lived in Canton in my early childhood then moved to Newton in the late 90s.4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition?I am still very new and there hasn’t been a whole lot going on because of covid restrictions. but I very much so look forward to the spring carnival and have already promised that I will volunteer to go in the dunk tank 🙂  also the 5th grade vs staff sporting event sounds like a blast! 5. Do you have a favorite Fall activity? Warm apple pie with vanilla iced cream 🙂 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community: “If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining. When it rains, look for rainbows. when READ MORE

Owl of the Month – Stacey Mann

1. What is your name? Stacey Faneuil Mann 2. What is your role at Underwood? Literacy coach…I work with students and teachers in grades K-5. 3. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Newton, actually right up the street on the corner of Park and Cotton! I am a Ward school, Bigelow and Newton North High School graduate myself! I love how this keeps me grounded and invested in our learning at an even deeper level. 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? Hmmm…this is a tough one as we have so many wonderful traditions here. But, I really love our March Book Madness celebration. I love seeing the students’ reactions to which books win every week and celebrating the final winner!  5. Do you have a favorite Fall activity? I am a huge NE Patriots fan, so my favorite fall activity is always going to see them play READ MORE

Owl of the Month – Lacey Rochford

Since we can’t all meet in person at school, we wanted to highlight a different Underwood staff member each month so you can get to know the community from home!  This month we’ll get to know Nurse Carrie! 1. What is your name? Lacey Rochford, although I got married this summer and will eventually change my name to Lacey Grimm 😉 2. What is your role at Underwood?Executive Assistant 3. Where did you grow up?I was born and raised in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition?My favorite Underwood traditions are anything that brings the community together, such as the Fall Picnic, the Spring Carnival, Color Day, and the 5th Grade vs. Teacher kickball or basketball game. 5. Do you have a favorite winter activity?I love downhill skiing and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate by a fire. READ MORE

Owl of the Month: Nurse Carrie

Since we can’t all meet in person at school, we wanted to highlight a different Underwood staff member each month so you can get to know the community from home!  This month we’ll get to know Nurse Carrie! 1. What is your name? Nurse Carrie (last name Gately) 2. What is your role at Underwood. I am the school nurse. 3. Where did you grow up? Newton Corner:) 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition? Understanding Our Differences because I was a coordinator for 10 years when I was an Underwood parent and I met a lot of inspiring people and enjoyed watching the kids learn. 5. Do you have a favorite Fall activity? Enjoying the crisp air either by walking with a friend or playing outside with my 2 grandchildren. 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community. If you are annoyed with READ MORE

Owl of the Month – Mr. Gluck

Since we can’t all meet in person at school, we wanted to highlight a different Underwood staff member each month so you can get to know the community from home!  First up: Mr. Gluck! 1. What is your name?MR. GLUCK (ANDY) 2. What is your role at Underwood.BUILDING AIDE (ALIAS JACK-of-ALL GRADES) 3. Where did you grow up?AMSTERDAM, NY 4. What is your favorite Underwood tradition?GARDENING IN THE SPRING! 5. Do you have a favorite Fall activity?BIKING 6. Please share one piece of advice with the Underwood community.ALWAYS SMILE AND USE A PERSON’S NAME WHEN GREETING THEM! 7. What’s your favorite color?GREEN (OF COURSE) 8. What’s your favorite thing to have for lunch?MRS. GLUCKS BREADS