Michelle Bowlin, Bournedale music teacher & Peebles community connections teacher
Ms. Bowlin was born in March and her hometown is Watertown, MA. She earned her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College in Boston and her M.Ed. at Bowie State University in Maryland.
Favorite teacher? My favorite teacher was my high school band director, Jack Hahn. He inspired me to be a music teacher. When I was in college, I did my student teaching with him and my elementary music teacher, Marilyn Darrick. Mr. Hahn
became my mentor. He inspired me to always give back to my community and even encouraged me to open my music store, Music of the Bay.
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? I have always wanted to help people, so I think I would be a doctor. Medicine fascinates me.
Do you have pets? I have a dog named Glory. She is a rat terrier/beagle mix. I also have a long haired cat named Buddy and a short haired cat named Squeeks.
Favorite Color? My favorite color is red. Have you seen my car?
Favorite Quote or Saying? People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? When I was in high school, I toured Europe with The Youth of America Concert Band. We travelled to Belgium, France, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands. That trip changed my life.
Favorite Food? I love Sushi
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? I am an artistic member of Cranberry Coast Concerts and Director of Camp CCC, a music camp sponsored by Cranberry Coast Concerts. I am also faculty advisor to K-Kids which is sponsored by
Kiwanis, International. I love to play music and sing. I am also an avid reader and enjoy hiking the trails here on Cape Cod with my husband and 3 boys.
Liz Laprade, BMS band director
Ms. Laprade was born in December and her hometown is Bourne, MA. She went to college at UMass Boston.
Favorite teacher? My third grade teacher, Ms. Cronin because she held us to high standards but made learning fun.
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Sailing Instructor
Do you have pets? Yes! A puggle named Tucker, two cats, an Amazon parrot and a cockatiel.
Favorite Color? Teal
Favorite Quote or Saying? “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship” - Louisa May Alcott
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? Wicklow, Ireland
Favorite Food? Sushi
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? My hobbies include sailing and hiking. In the summer, I also play clarinet in Falmouth Town Band.
Ms. McDonald was born in September and her hometown is Bourne, MA (Class of 1987, but call Mashpee home now).
Well, since my folks insisted I stay in-state for obvious financial reasons, I went as far away as I could: North Adams State College (now MCLA), where I found the social scene a bit too much to avoid. Ironically, I ended up commuting from home to Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass-Dartmouth) for my Bachelors in English, and later getting my Masters in Special Education from Bridgewater State College (now BSU). I’m now attending American International College for my CAGS in Educational Leadership, and wondering when AIC, too, will change its name.
Favorite teacher? Hard pick just one...in my younger years, I’d have to say Mr. Tomlinson at the Stowell School (now the Bourne Library..see a theme here???) because he had such a great rapport with kids, a style I try to emulate. As I am a lifetime learner, I’d have to say Mrs. Casey here at BHS is my favorite; I learn more from her every day, not just about literature or the teaching profession, but about life. She’s one of the most thoughtful people I know.
I’m going to miss her beyond words when she retires.
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt?
Travel blogger. I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain-- he has the ultimate occupation (other than teaching, of course). I have my own website called The Cape Cod Mom, http://capecodmom.weebly.com/ about living the Cape Cod-life fulltime on a budget--it’s kind of out of date at the moment but I’d love to travel and extend my website to traveling on a budget. Everything I do has to be on a budget; I have four expensive kids who want braces and college educations and food, and a husband who likes to fish.
Do you have pets?
A cat named Mao Mao Kitty The Vampire Le Chat (she really answers to nothing) that thinks it’s a dog and greets me each day at the door. We have a couple beta fish and one surviving fancy mouse left over from Christmas.
Favorite Color? Old Silver Beach Blue...is that a color? it should be.
Favorite Quote or Saying? To quote Warren Zevon, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” It kind of sums up the pace of my life.
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled?
Which is farther: Hawaii or Finland? Both seem lifetimes away. Loved them both for very different reasons. Would love to go back spend some time in Finnish schools for some professional development; would love to go back to Hawaii for, well, Hawaii.
Favorite Food? Peanut butter toast on very crisp light wheat bread. I eat it every day.
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in?
I am passionate about Key Club and giving back to the community. And I enjoy a Sunday church service at Cotuit Federated Church when I can get there. I benefit from a little check in with my spiritual side every now and then. They have an awesome handbell choir!
Ms. Fournier-Donley was born in October and her hometown is Marstons Mills, MA. She went to college at Anna Maria College.
Favorite teacher? Tony Stevens, my band director was an incredible role model
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Stand up Comedy
Do you have pets? 1 dog Daisy (beagle lab mix) and 1 cat Beau (Maine Coon Cat)
Favorite Color? Green
Favorite Quote or Saying? Never Give Up!
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? California
Favorite Food? Lobster rolls!
Mr. Donovan was born in June and his hometown is Sandwich, MA. He went to college at Worcester State College.
Favorite teacher? Gail McNabb she was my history teacher in 4th and 8th grade and I did an internship with her my senior year of high school. She had a way of making history come alive and be more than dates and facts.
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Environmental Police Officer
Do you have pets? Yes, a Black Lab named Maggie
Favorite Color? Green
Favorite Quote or Saying? “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking”. George Patton
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? England
Favorite Food? Chicken Parmigiana
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? Fishing, Hunting, Hiking, Lobstering
Ms. Dean was born in December and her hometown is Falmouth, MA. She went to college at Framingham State College for undergrad. and AIC for masters.
Favorite teacher? Mr. Parent 5th grade teacher because he played baseball with us at recess
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Health or landscape design
Do you have pets? Yes, one golden retriever
Favorite Color? Bright Pink!
Favorite Quote or Saying? Health and happiness is everything
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? Europe
Favorite Food? Italian
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? Boating and downhill skiing
Ms. Howes was born in April and her hometown is Vacaville, CA. She went to college at California State University-Sacramento.
Favorite teacher? I had many wonderful teachers but my 6th Grade teacher, Mr. Morgan, stands out. I remember reading and researching to write my first real report, (HA! We used encyclopedias, books and a typewriter since computers were far from being household items). He taught me so much about the process of writing that I found a real joy in learning. His enthusiasm was contagious!
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Ranching- I had horses when I was growing up. My aunt and I go horseback riding on cattle drives during summer vacations now.
Do you have pets? My husband and I just got a new puppy! She is a fluffy little golden retriever that loves to play and run. And chew.
Favorite Color? Bright Pink!
Favorite Quote or Saying? You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you've won or lost, perhaps, sorry so much was spent. But as you go through life, you will find that you're never sorry you were kind.
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? Loja, Ecuador, where my daughter was a foreign exchange student during her junior year of high school.
Favorite Food? Mexican
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? Running, horseback riding, Red Sox and Patriots games, traveling, spending time with my family (my husband, 5 children, and my grandson... and another one on the way!)
Mr. Ferrari was born in July and his hometown is Bourne, MA. He went to college at U-Mass Boston.
Favorite teacher? Tom Fedge - He taught me more about surviving this profession than anybody has, and all the while having some fun.
If you were not in education what other profession would you like to attempt? Hmmm - ship captain.
Do you have pets? Enzo the beagle lives with my former wife, but likes me better! It’s a great situation.
Favorite Color? Red
Favorite Quote or Saying? “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” -FDR-
Where is the farthest place you have ever traveled? Venice, Italy
Favorite Food? Lobster
Hobbies or Activities/Organizations you are active in? I fish, therefore I am. I’ve a small boat, lobster pots, two sons, and a grandson, and Virginia; that’s enough activity for me!
We have a large school district and lots of teachers. We start each year with the newest hires, but if you would like to learn more about a specific teacher, let us know!