Tracey Newman Appointed New DRE

Thank you for welcoming me as the new Director of Religious Education! A South Shore native, I lived for many years in Boston, working as an editor for 15 years at Boston’s Weekly Dig, the Reading Language Arts Department at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, then at Educators Publishing Service in Cambridge. Along the way, my spouse and our family moved to Hanover.

Tired of commuting, I took a secretary position with Plymouth Public Schools. In 2015, I began the Masters of Education in Library Media at Salem State  which I finished in December 2018.  Hingham High School hired me as an English Language Arts Paraprofessional, where I also became a long-term substitute English teacher, worked with Life Skills students, and am currently the Library Para.

This summer, I attended a three-day educators’ conference, passed the Reading Specialist MTEL, and volunteered for two days and nights at Band Camp. In many aspects, I’ve come full circle; the high school yearbook editors captioned my candid, “Tracey the Transcendentalist.” I am excited to get underway and become part of your community.

Looking to the new year, we need volunteer teachers in Religious Education, particularly this fall. If you have participated in the past or considering it, please let myself or the RE Committee know. Our focus will be on UU Identity, which will be a learning experience for everyone since I am new to UU. We will explore big questions about what it means to be UU, as well as the symbols and beginnings of UU. We will also delve into the lives of important UU people and their impact on the world. It’s going to be an interesting year!

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” –     Henry David Thoreau