Showing posts with label Athletic Director. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Athletic Director. Show all posts

Saturday, April 16, 2022

New K-12 Art Director & FHS Athletic Director announced

Franklin Public Schools (FPS) and Franklin High School (FHS) are thrilled to announce the appointment of two most recently vetted and signed directors for our Art and Athletic Department.  Please join us in welcoming Adam Gooder and Karrah Ellis as members of our leadership team.

Adam is a highly qualified visual arts educator, currently teaching full time at Concord-Carlisle High School since 2012. Before that, he taught film at the college level for fifteen years. Adam created the Filmmaking and Digital Photography programs at CCHS, which include both Introductory and Advanced curricula, guest speakers, field trips, a yearly film festival and gallery shows.  Adam earned his undergraduate degree from New York University and earned master's degrees from both Lesley University and Simmons College.  

Karrah has been an educator for twenty-one years, beginning her career as an English teacher and coach at Grafton High School in 2001. Karrah transitioned to the role of athletic administrator and physical education teacher in 2007, and for the past 15 years has served student-athletes of Grafton, Algonquin, and Tantasqua Regional High School.  A focus for Karrah has always been the growth of the leadership skills of her student-athletes and as such she has developed numerous leadership summits to develop their skills.  Karrah has also created a curriculum for coaches on the social and emotional needs of student-athletes.  Karrah has many times been recognized by her peers; awarded State Athletic Director of Year as well as the prestigious State Award of Merit.  Karrah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Worcester State University.

About the Franklin Public School District:

The Franklin Public School District strives to nurture a safe, supportive, inclusive and collaborative learning environment in each of our 10 schools. We believe in providing an engaging and rigorous curriculum with exemplary instructional practices that will support and challenge students to reach their full potential through personalized learning opportunities. Our goal is to develop the necessary social-emotional, academic, and career skills for each Franklin student, so that they will be a productive citizen in an ever-changing world.


FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Tri-County AD, Sara Martin, was recognized with the Theodore “Ted” Damko award by the Massachusetts’ Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Associations (MSSADA)

Over five years ago, Sara Martin accepted the position of Athletic Director (AD) at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. Martin has been a history teacher for more than 20 years at Tri-County and coached girls soccer, girls basketball, and track and field before her AD appointment.

Martin’s passion and dedication is being recognized as she has been selected for the Theodore “Ted” Damko Award from the Massachusetts’ Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Associations (MSSADA). This award is presented annually to an athletic administrator with 3-5 years of experience who has exemplified the highest standards of their profession and has made significant contributions to their school and community. “Sara is a dedicated and passionate Athletic Director. She is constantly supporting and cheering on our athletes. She is engaged with our athletes during and outside of games, always committed to their well-being. As a coach, I appreciate her support during the seasons, she makes sure that we always have what we need. She is always brainstorming new ideas to bring in culture to our athletic program. The athletes appreciate her support of them!” says Julie Caffrey, coach and Special Education teacher.

Martin was a three-sport athlete at North Smithfield High School in Rhode Island and a graduate of Providence College. Her dedication to the students’ well-being both on and off the field speaks volumes about her character. She feels that education and sports go hand-and-hand. “Sports are an extension of the classroom. The things that students are learning in the classroom, they can take with them out on the field,” remarks Martin.

One of the biggest challenges Martin has faced is the uncertainty of the pandemic. With games being canceled and attendance restricted, Martin and Tri-County coaches had to adapt and meet the challenge with passion. “Kids aren’t going to remember the scores, wins and losses. They are going to remember the memories that they make with their teammates,” Martin says. This mindset helped the Athletic Department persevere, so the students could continue participating in the activities they love.

“Sara is unafraid to try new things in order to create opportunities for our teams. She communicates in an organized and professional manner. All of the coaches and Sara share a common vision- centered around the success and development of our student athletes. Put simply, Sara is certainly deserving of all of the accolades she receives,” remarked Steven LaPlante, coach and English teacher.

“I’d like to recognize the herculean efforts of my coaching staff before, during, and after the pandemic. They have worked tirelessly to keep kids engaged over the last two years. The amount of time and energy they invest in their athletes and helping them be the best versions of themselves goes unrecognized. They embody the values of the Tri-County Community and the mission of the Athletic Department,” commented Martin.

We extend our congratulations to Martin and wishes for continued success both on and off the field.


Tri-County AD, Sara Martin, was  recognized with the Theodore “Ted” Damko award by the Massachusetts’ Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Associations (MSSADA)
Tri-County AD, Sara Martin, was  recognized with the Theodore “Ted” Damko award by the Massachusetts’ Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Associations (MSSADA)

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports - 12/09/21 (audio)

FM #677 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 677 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin High School Athletic Director Tom Angelo. We had our conversation in person at FHS. The office was mostly quiet although you’ll catch the bell to change classes during our session.

We talk about: 

  • How Tom got to FHS in 2016

  • Program insights including the development of the Unified teams

  • Credit goes to the coaches, the student athletes, and the community

  • Shout outs to and Franklin TV for coverage of the sports

  • Special shout outs to Trainer Jen (Jen Edmunds) and Athletics Secretary Susan Jacobson

  • Retirement at end of school year and how Tom will keep busy 

Links to the key references are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 47 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Tom Angelo

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FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports
FHS Athletic Director Tom Angelo & All about FHS sports