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MR. CAPPAERT RESIDENT SCIENTIST

David Cappaert likes bugs and flowers, rocks and trees. He loves working with students that share those passions. Before coming to ESM, Mr. Cappaert worked in research projects that have dealt with: insects, horticulture, fisheries, air pollution, stove design, biomedical technology, and seagrasses. He has lived in Florida, Oregon, Michigan, and Mexico. He is a photographer that has published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, and many textbooks.

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MRS. HAYS RESIDENT SCIENTIST

Becca Hays has been working in the ESM Aquatics Lab since January, 2011.  Before she worked at ESM, Mrs. Hays worked at The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk in the education department and the animal husbandry department.  While working at the aquarium, she taught people of all ages about the Long Island Sound, and the organisms that live in and around it. She did everything from working on a boat, to helping take care of seals, sea turtles and frogs.  

When she was studying marine biology at The University of New England in Maine, she got to work on whale watch boats, where she got to see some of her favorite marine animals: whales, basking sharks, and Mola molas (look it up!).  Mrs. Hays’ favorite thing about working at ESM is being able to share all of these experiences with the students and families of ESM, and inspiring them to want to learn more about their local environment.  When she is not working at ESM, Mrs. Hays enjoys kayaking and bird watching, especially at the same time.  She also likes to travel and see different environments from around the world.  Her favorite places she has travelled to are: Alaska, Bostwana, and rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

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MR. CLARK RESIDENT SCIENTIST

Travis Clark joined ESM in the fall of 2015 as an expert horticulturist. He is excited to work with the students at ESM and explore the importance of plants. He likes helping students grow vegetables, flowers & trees for their lessons, projects and for fun! Mr. Clark received his Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at the University of Connecticut, and has experience operating greenhouses, designing landscapes and teaching garden cultivation. Mr. Clark lives in Coventry with his wife, daughter and puppy. He enjoys spending time outside hiking, kayaking, camping, and of course, working on his gardens.

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Ms. Cole SCHOOL LIBRARIAN

Mrs. Cole grew up in Simsbury and developed the love of reading at a young age.  You could find her in the library aisles (especially the 740s and 818s) of the public library looking for just the right book.  After her children started school, she decided to pursue her goal to become a school librarian.  After ten years of hard work she realized her dream and started teaching in the Hartford Public Schools.  

She is thrilled to be part of the EMS community.  She enjoys the outdoors and hope to bring the love of research, reading and educational technology to the students here at EMS.  She wants to first encourage the love of reading but also to encourage students to be careful researchers by using a variety of tools.  


Ms. Cole travels in the summer to visit her children and grandchildren(4) that live out of state in Ohio and Texas.  She always stops by in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to enjoy their beauty and greatness.   In nice weather she enjoys  hiking, canoeing and the plants in her garden. When the weather cools, she enjoys quilting and curling up with a good book to read.  She is blessed to have four sons, four grandchildren and one cat.

MR. BARRY ART

Mr. Barry had an adventurous childhood growing up in Guayana, South America. He spent a lot of time in nature, and even had interactions with crocodiles! He is passionate about art and the human spirit and loves instilling this love in students. Outside of school, Mr. Barry has had his work shown in several galleries. Mr. Barry has also authored several books.

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MR. MAZIARZ MUSIC

A Mr. Maziarz Haiku

Loves to teach music

Plays several instruments

Jams on the weekends

 

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MS. Eagan PHYSICAL EDUCATION


This is Ms. Eagan’s first year at ESM and fourth year teaching Physical Education and Health in Hartford. Before ESM, Ms. Eagan attended University of New Hampshire and earned her Masters Degree at Springfield College.  For fun, she loves going to the beach, boating, hiking and playing basketball. Ms. Eagan is excited to be at ESM to teach, coach and start project adventure!

MR. BRENNAN PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Mr. Brennan loves anything to do with excersise and staying fit. He currently lives in East Hartford.

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MR. BAERNY COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY

Mr. Baerny was born in Seattle, Washington. He spent his elementary years in New York State. Moved back to Washington to for his senior year and attended Central Washington University where he received his BAED in Early Childhood Education. He moved to Phoenix, Arizona to start his teaching career. After marrying and starting a family, he received his Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University.  Dennis moved to Harwinton, Connecticut in 1981. He has been teaching at Mary Hooker since 1981. Dennis enjoys working on old cars and watching some sports. His favorites are Diving, Racing, and Hockey. Dennis has visited France, Belgium, Canada and Mexico. Switzerland and Ireland are on his bucket list.

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MR. PERREIRA ENGINEERING/LEGO ROBOTICS

Mr. Perreira has been teaching at ESM since it became ESM.  Prior to that, he taught Gifted and Talented and technology in various schools in the district. He has also served as a district-wide curriculum technology facilitator. Outside of ESM he teaches under graduate and  graduate classes at the University of Hartford.  At home Mr. Perreira enjoys building LEGO masterpieces while his two dogs, two rats, parrot, hedgehog, and bearded dragon look on.

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MS. WILSON SPANISH

Ms. Elizabeth Wilson is more than just a Middle School Spanish teacher.  She inspires her students to experience the world and to be compassionate people. Ms. Wilson has taught several subjects including design technology and world geography.  Brooklyn, NY was her home for the last two years while she taught at The Berkeley Carroll School and Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford, CT before that. Ms. Wilson is the girls’ basketball coach at ESM but her coaching career includes soccer, swimming and lacrosse!  She graduated from Syracuse University’s business school with degrees in both Entrepreneurship and Spanish language and culture. Go Orange!

She rowed on the crew team for Syracuse in an 8-women boat and she continues her hobby here on the CT River. Ms. Wilson spent time living in Madrid, worked several summers with a summer camp in Salamanca, and was thrilled to travel with students to China, Paraguay and Costa Rica.  ESM’s international community reminds Ms. Wilson that one does not have to go far, however, to understand global participation.

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