BFMS 8th Grade Team

Teacher Bios

Ms. Bizaoui, Science

My name is Ms. Bizaoui. This is my 9th year teaching at BFMS. I graduated from Johnson State College and received my master's degree from Antioch University in Environmental Studies.

This year in science we will geek out to answer the following guiding questions. Chemistry - What is the world made of? How are new substances made? Genetics and Evolution - Why do we look the way we do? How did the Earth get to have so many different organisms? Waves/Earth Systems- How does energy travel? Why does the surface of the Earth look like it does?

Outside of school, I enjoy running, yoga, gardening, tennis, reading, cooking and eating healthy food.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns or just want to say hi! erica.bizaoui@wnesu.com

Mrs. Smith, ELA

My name is Miss Smith. This is my third year teaching at Bellows Falls Middle School. I graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2018.

During the year we will work through a few novels, some short stories, and poems. The year will begin with The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon, and will use the novel to explore Cultural Identity. We will write in some capacity every day so that we can become stronger writers. Students will be asked to write shorter Journals, and longer essays using a structured writing style.

Outside of school I love to hike, read, bake, and travel.

If you have any questions for me please feel free to reach out by email at: rachel.smith@wnesu.com

Mr. Oakes, Math

My name is Mr. Oakes. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have been a teacher of mathematics here at Bellows Falls Middle School for the last 9 years.

Throughout the year we will study topics including expressions and equations, functions, geometry, and data analysis. This year is primarily about preparing students for the higher level courses they will take in high school. They will be given a solid base in algebra and also work on a significant amount of geometry concepts that will give them the foundation that they will rely on. Some students will also have the opportunity to work on those higher level concepts in algebra this year and get a head start on their high school math career.

Please note that at the top of the page there are links to all Eureka modules (standard level math classes) for your convenience.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at robert.oakes@wnesu.com.

Ms. Alvarez, Social Studies

I am very excited to be starting my 3rd year Bellows Falls Middle School and my 15th year as a classroom teacher. My family and I moved to Brattleboro from Gainesville, Florida just 5 years ago. My husband works at a local high school and my son, Sebastian is a student in the 4rd grade. Previously, I taught high school History and Reading, at Gainesville High School, for 10 years. I had had students of all ages and diverse academic abilities, I taught English Language Learners (ELL), Advance Placement classes and everyone in between. I graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in History and a minor in Education. I am currently hold a Vermont Certificate in History and Reading/LA Specialist. While at GHS, I mentored 12 graduate students through the University of Florida ProTeach, helping them complete their semester teaching practicum.

I love teaching, I use every means available to me to try to make class engaging and exciting. We create presentations, watch interesting and new videos, keep portfolios, learn new vocabulary and key concepts, learn to write about history, but most importantly I try to get my students to learn and understand their learning, helping them to be more successful in all their classes.

Thank you for the opportunity to teach your student, I can be reached almost anytime at linda.alvarez@wnesu.org


Heather Smith, Special Education

I am a mom of 3 kids and 4 dogs. In my spare time, I'm an EMT and always a teacher. I have my masters degree in education from Antioch University. I have taught 5th , 7th and now 8th grade.