By Melissa Moore
Intelligent, knowledgeable, and reflective, Abby Donnelly was the most qualified history applicant for the job, department chair Daniel Jewett said. Donnelly teaches US History II and World History II.
“Ms. Donnelly is very knowledgeable and has a good sense of humor,” Jewett said. “I hope students will see her passion for teaching history.”
Donnelly grew up in Haverhill and attended Brandeis College before returning to her hometown to teach at Hunking Middle School in Haverill for two years. Teaching at Hunking gave her experience before teaching at Manchester-Essex, which has helped her, junior Jamie Rynkowski said.
“At first students tested her,” Rynkowski said, “but she knows how to handle students.”
“I really like her class discussions because my class has a lot of opinions,” she said.
Donnelly’s classes consist of class discussions in which she writes notes on the board to help students comprehend the information, Rynkowski said.
She hopes to get to know her students, raise school spirit, attend games, and help students learn as much as they can, she said.
“I want to make history a fun, interesting class students look forward to,” Donnelly said.
Donnelly wanted to be a fiction writer when she was younger. Her favorite movie has not changed from “Sleeping Beauty.” She said it always makes her feel better despite the fact that her celebrity crush, Brad Pitt, has no role in it.
“I just love him [Pitt],” Donnelly said.