Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator, Grades 6-8
Joe Casey teaches Grade 8 Civics for the Green Team. He has been teaching in Bedford since 1995. Mr. Casey is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester with a B.A. in History and earned his M.A.T. from Boston College. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Casey serves as the Team Leader for the Green Team, as the Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator for the middle school, and organizes and directs the annual 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. Mr. Casey has also served in various capacities on the football and track staffs at Bedford High and JGMS and currently is the head boys' basketball coach at North Reading High School, his alma mater. He resides in Melrose with his wife and three children.
Jim Nagle teaches 8th grade Civics for the Silver Team. He has been teaching at JGMS since the fall of 2007. In 2005, he graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (Go Hoyas!) with a B.A. in History and a minor in English. He holds a Masters Degree in History Secondary Education from Framingham State University. Before coming to JGMS, he worked for two years as a special education instructional assistant at Diamond Middle School in Lexington. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a chaperone on the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip, coaches the BHS Varsity Golf Team, serves on the JGMS School Council, and is the Silver Team Leader. Growing up in Wellesley, Mr. Nagle has been blessed to be a lifelong New England sports fan. He now lives in Acton with his wife, Carol.
Stephanie Callahan teaches 7th grade Civilizations on the Purple Team and started at JGMS in 2016. She also works part-time as an Administrative Assistant to the Bedford Integrated Preschool. Stephanie received her B.A. in History from Providence College in 2011 and continued on to receive her M.A. in History from Providence College in 2014, where she wrote a thesis on the contemporary Albanian-American community of the Greater Boston area. After graduation Stephanie began her career teaching as a Prospect Fellow at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Somerville, MA, where she co-taught in both English and social studies classrooms for two years. Currently, Stephanie is working towards her Ed. M. in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University. When she is not working within the Bedford Public Schools, Stephanie enjoys to read, travel, and spend time with her family.
Allison Hammer teaches Civilizations and is Team Leader for the 7th Grade Purple Team. She has been teaching at JGMS since 1998. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 1993, when she taught at the Manville School in Boston for four years, followed by a year at the Day Middle School in Newton. She then taught 7th and 8th Grade Special Education at JGMS until joining the Social Studies Department in 2004. Allison graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.A. in Legal Studies and certification to teach Middle School Social Studies. She graduated from Simmons College with a M.Ed. in Special Education. Allison is originally from New York, but currently lives in Acton with her husband and daughter.
Matthew McGonagle teaches Social Studies on the seventh grade Navy team. He began teaching at JGMS in 2009. He received his B.A. in History from Stonehill College and his M.Ed. from Framingham State University. While at Stonehill College, as part of its World and European history programs, Matthew traveled to Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany to study the Holocaust. In addition to teaching at JGMS, Matthew also served as Camp Director for the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Children’s Program in Woods Hole. He currently lives in the Boston area and spends most of his summers on Cape Cod.
Paula Bakerian currently teaches World Geography on the Red Team. She has been teaching middle school students since 1998. Ms. Bakerian earned her B.S. in Sociology from Plymouth State College and her M.Ed. in Special Education from Framingham State College. She began her career in Denver, Colorado as a classroom and special education teacher teaching students English as a second language, reading, math, organizational skills and social studies. During that time, Paula organized many fundraisers and an annual trip to NYC for her students. She also coached girls' basketball, offered additional tutoring services, and was head of the after school Career Club at the middle school. Before coming to Bedford in 2002, Paula was an inclusion specialist in the Cambridge Public School System. In addition to teaching social studies at JGMS, Ms. Bakerian has taught 6th grade reading, U.S. history, Ancient Civilizations and English.
Marie Mallott currently teaches World Geography on the Blue Team. In 1988 she joined the faculty at JGMS as the sixth grade special education liaison. Upon returning from maternity leave in 2000, she joined the Blue Team as a reading, English and social studies teacher. Prior to coming to Bedford, Miss Mallott worked for three years as a middle school special education instructor in a multi-grade classroom in Bay City, Michigan. She earned her M.Ed. from Boston College and her B.S. in Education with dual certification in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. During her time at JGMS., Miss Mallott has served in various capacities as the Yearbook advisor, the Middle School Spring Musical choreographer and a Washington trip chaperone. A native of Buffalo, New York, she currently resides in Beverly, MA with her husband and their three children.