Digital Learning Team

The Office of Digital Learning comprises the school library media teachers, the Digital Learning Coaches and the AHS Digital Learning Department. They support teaching and learning throughout the Andover  Public Schools. The focus of The Office of Digital Learning is teaching and learning and it supports literacy, research, technology use, and digital resource adoption. The department works closely with the Information Technology Services department to work as a cohesive team.

Digital Learning Coaches

Digital Learning Coaches, (DLCs), focus on improving student learning through instructional models which intentionally and innovatively use technology. DLCs work with APS teachers around this powerful approach which help increase a teacher’s ability to differentiate, better address student learning needs, increase student engagement, and allow students to drive their own learning. The support provided by the Digital Learning Coaches will increase collaboration, creativity, and productivity of students and teachers and help to develop agency and independence in order to support lifelong learners.

School Library Teachers

The School Library Program is staffed by professional certified Library Teachers at each school. They support all learners to develop literacy, literature, research, information, and technology skills. They promote and advance the use of print and digital resources to support, enhance, and extend classroom curriculum. In addition to teaching, Library Teachers manage the school libraries, including such tasks as scheduling space, maintaining the collection, selecting and purchasing materials, and managing volunteers. This results in school libraries that are hubs of activity and teaching and learning within each of our schools.

AHS Digital Learning Department

The AHS Digital Learning Department offers courses in the Business, Technology and Communication fields. Each course offers students opportunities to address real world problems and a variety of business issues. Students will apply critical thinking and communication skills in each of the classes offered. In addition; students will enhance creativity by working individually as well as collaboratively. In addition to providing valuable career information and experiences, courses in Digital Learning are intended to provide transferable skills that are useful in both personal and employment situations. The emphasis on technology in these courses is intended to reflect transferable skills, competencies and technological advancements, which are important components of all career fields.

Our Team

Joanne Najarian
Director of Digital Learning, PreK-12
Twitter: @APSDigitalLearn

Andover High School

  • John Berube, Library Teacher,  Andover High School Library / Digital Learning Commons
  • Daniel Brennan, TV Production Teacher
  • Mary Coombs, Library Teacher
  • Ashley Kinsman, Business Teacher
  • Michael Messina, Web & Game Development Teacher
  • Shelagh St. Laurent, Digital Learning Coach/Global Pathway Coordinator, AHS iLab
  • Karen Stevens, Business Teacher

Doherty Middle School

West Middle School

Wood Hill Middle School

  • Sarah Downs, Digital Learning Coach/Library Teacher, The Hub

Bancroft Elementary Schools

High Plain Elementary School

Sanborn Elementary School

South Elementary School

  • Julianne Toomey-Kautz, Library Teacher, South Library
  • Lisa Cremin, Library Teacher (PT)
  • Beth Kennedy, Digital Learning Coach

West Elementary School

  • Jamie Kaplan, Library Teacher, West Elementary Library
  • Jodi Slomsky, Library Teacher (PT)
  • Kathy Fowler, Digital Learning Coach