By Fiona Davis
New special education teacher Joe Kwiatek joined the staff this year as part of the new co-teaching model and student services department, becoming the third Kwiatek brother on the high school staff.
Kwiatek attended Beverly High School and graduated in 2006. He then went on to receive his bachelor’s degree at UMass Lowell, where he graduated in 2010.
Kwiatek is not new to the school district.
“I’ve actually worked here for seven years during the summer with the facilities department, and last year I worked in Brookline at an adolescent psychiatric ward,” he said.
Kwiatek’s brothers Stephen and John work as the district’s network administrator and network technician.
Kwiatek will take on several new roles at the school, according to Louise Vose, special education chairperson.
“There are actually three components to his job: he is a special education liaison, he is a special education co-teacher, and he is a special education resource room support staff member,” Vose said.
Kwiatek is currently co-teaching a geometry class with Rick Brown two blocks a day.
“We haven’t really progressed to the point where we want to be at the end of the year, but we are getting there, so I’m optimistic,” Kwiatek said of his co-teaching experience.
According to director of student services Allison Collins, Kwiatek is a helpful new colleague for both teachers and students.
“I think that he is a great, young, new teacher, who has a lot of positive energy and is very eager to learn. I see him as somebody who connects well with students and teachers, and I think he is a very positive addition to the staff,” Collins said.