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March 11, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to Methuen High math teacher Meredith Moore, who was honored recently with a prestigious award.

Moore, who teaches advanced placement calculus, was one of 15 teachers honored with a Partners in Excellence award from Mass Insight Education, a Boston-based nonprofit. Mass Insight Education’s Mass Math + Science Initiative seeks to improve math and science performance around the state and to encourage enrollment in AP courses, which follow a national curriculum and are recognized by most colleges and universities.

Moore’s selection in part recognizes that 16 of 18 students in one of her AP classes last year passed the AP exam.

“That’s just outstanding,” Joseph Harb, the AP course coordinator at Methuen High, told reporter Douglas Moser. “She’s a teacher who has high expectations, but she helps them through it every single day.”

Moore has been a teacher in Methuen for 13 years and has been teaching calculus for 12 of those years, and AP calculus for more than four. She has been a key part of expanding the AP program over the last few years, and puts in extra effort after school and during the summers to support her students.

Our schools need teachers who challenge students to do their best work in demanding subjects. Congratulations to Moore on her award. We appreciate her dedication to and support of Methuen’s students.

JEERS to a late-season snowstorm that baffled some forecasters and left many struggling to get to work Friday.

Forecasters had been tracking the development of the storm all last week and accurately predicted that it would bring pounding surf to our coastal areas. But no forecasts we saw said interior regions of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire would get more than a foot of snow. Meteorologists were predicting four to eight inches, maybe a foot in some locations. Most everyone in our coverage area got at least a foot. Some parts of northern Worcester County approached two feet.

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