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Curriculum Team


Meet our Curriculum Team

Lorene Marx, Assistant Superintendent

Lorene Marx has been instrumental in adopting and implementing consistent and rigorous curriculum resources across all levels. Lorene has been a key liaison in developing a strong relationship with Stevens Memorial Library, rolling out Lucy Calkins Writing in grades K-8, and bringing award winning authors to speak with our students. Lorene has a plethora of diverse professional experiences. Previously, she served as team evaluation leader and as a principal both in Newburyport, MA and at the Thomson School here in North Andover. Lorene has a master's degree from Syracuse University in the field of learning disabilities. She received a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of New York at Geneseo. For many years she worked at the Coastal Education Collaborative and as a special education coordinator for the Triton Regional School District. Lorene loves hiking Mt. Cadillac, reading Jacqueline Woodson, and kayaking around Plum Island in Newburyport. 

Kara Larcome, PK-12 STEM Director

Kara Larcome is currently in her 4th year as the PK-12 STEM Director for the North Andover Public Schools. Kara is currently leading the implementation of Eureka Math in grades K-6, as well as the rollout of the new Massachusetts science standards at NAMS. Kara has extensive high school experience and is currently working with staff at NAHS to increase computer science offerings. Kara plays a key role in the collection, analysis and dissemination of internal and external data so that teachers have critical and up-to-date information to support and inform their practice. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership from Salem State University. Additionally, she holds a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Kara lives in North Andover and is a self-taught baker and runner. 

Kristen Ando, Humanities Director

Kristen Ando previously served as the Co-Leader (Principal) in charge of Curriculum and Instruction at the Oliver Partnership School in Lawrence. Prior to assuming that position, she served as a content coach in Lawrence. Kristen began her career as an elementary school teacher and team leader and taught Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 1994–2013. In addition to working as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Kristen also serves as an English Learner (EL) trainer for the State and has developed EL curriculum for Merrimack College’s School of Education. Kristen graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Education, a Masters Degree from Salem State College in Special Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from Salem State College.

Anne Joyce, Elementary Reading Coach

Jaclyn Taylor Rudolph, Elementary Reading Coach

Valerie Drinan, K-6 Math Coach