BFMS 8th Grade Team

Teacher Bios

Ms. Bizaoui (Science)

My name is Ms. Bizaoui. This is my 6th year teaching at BFMS. I graduated from Johnson State College and received my master's degree from Antioch University in Environmental Studies.

Our year in science will seek 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, cooking and eating healthy food.

I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Harris (ELA)

Hello parents and students!

My name is Mrs. Harris. This is my third year at Bellows Falls Middle School. I graduated from Castleton University in 2014 with my Bachelor's in Mass Media and a minor in Writing. After I graduated from CU, I worked at WCAX as a news director. I then went back to school at Keene State to get my teaching certification. I student taught at Conval High School in Peterborough, NH. Last May, I earned my M. Ed in curriculum and instruction from Keene State.

I am from Springfield, Vermont and have officially switched from a Cosmo to a Terrier.

When I am not at school I enjoy doing arts and crafts, hiking, spending time with my cat Matilda, and adventuring around New England with Mr. Harris!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

Please visit my website to learn more!

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 6 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

Mrs. Read (Special Ed)

My name is Melissa Read. I am the 8th grade special educator here at BFMS. I have been teaching here for 7 years. Part of my job is to support special education students both in the regular classroom and in the smaller special ed setting. I also work very closely with the 8th grade teachers, run an advisory group, and team teach a few classes. I love being here at BFMS! Before joining the middle school I was an elementary teacher for 13 years in California, New Hampshire and Vermont.

To contact me, please email me at

Mrs. Jackson (ELA/ Social Studies)

On maternity leave. Mr. Gould covering.