MATHEMATICS

MR. Palmieri, Team Brown, David R. Cawley Middle School

ABOUT ME:

This is my first year teaching at the Cawley Middle School. I have taught 6th and 7th grade math at the Pelham Memorial School for the past 18 years. While there, I also ran the school's chess club as well as the golf team. I also had the privilege of acting as the Math Department Head for a stretch of time.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Adolescent Psychology from UMass-Lowell and a Master's Degree in Middle School Education from Lesley University.

I was born and raised in Methuen, MA but now reside with my wonderful wife (who teaches 5th grade in Massachusetts) in Londonderry. I have a 4 year old son who keeps us pretty busy. When I get time, I love playing tennis, hiking, and reading Stephen King books. I am very excited to be bringing nearly 2 decades of experience to Cawley Middle School and look forward to working with these great students!

MY PHILOSOPHY:

You don't need to be Pythagoras to earn an "A" in my class. I am not out to make every student a certified mathematician. I also understand that some students have, and have always had, a fear or confusion about the subject. That's okay. All I ask of my students is to try your best, pay attention and participate in class, and keep up with your homework... that's it!


PARENTS -- Some of my favorite sayings:

  • "It takes an entire village to raise a child" This is very true. Please help me by making sure your child tries their best with their homework and practices their math facts. Math is like any sport. You won't be great at it at first, but the more practice you do, the better you will be.
  • "Teachers open the door, but you must enter yourself." I will do everything possible to present the material in a way your child will understand. I will make myself available for extra help and will answer any questions I possibly can. But ultimately, it is up to the child to learn the material. It is their job.
  • "Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes." The greatest discoveries were made from mistakes. Mistakes are an important part of learning. If your child receives a poor grade on a test, don't panic; it's not set in stone. It's a great learning opportunity for them to pick themselves up, and try again. They will build stronger character by doing this and will score a better grade the second time around.