Where are they now?Kyle Wescott, Class of ’99

Kyle-Wescott-nowBy Michael Emond

Kyle Wescott has been teaching math at Marlborough (Mass.,) High School for 10 years, and is now the department head, but he doesn’t remember anything specific about wanting to become a math teacher.

“It was on my mind since my mother was a math teacher at Granville High School.” (Diane, GHS ’71, now retired). He thought about it more as he grew up.

After graduation, Kyle attended Merrimack College in Andover, Mass., where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2003. He earned his master’s at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell in 2008, and is now studying for his master’s in education with a concentration in school administration through American International College in Springfield, Mass.

Kyle and his wife Michele (Falvey), who is from Marlborough, will celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary on Sept. 26.

“My cousin Erika and Michele went to college together at Colby-Sawyer College. (New London, N.H.) We started chatting online and just never stopped. Michele is an ICU nurse at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.”

With his coaching and refereeing, Kyle doesn’t have much spare time.

“I referee for volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, I am a high school state official. I have been refereeing high school basketball for 10 years, including the District 4 state final at Boston Garden in March.” He has officiated Division III ECAC women’s basketball for 5 years, and Division II (NE-10 League) for two years. He has also been on the developmental staff for Division I Atlantic 10 for the last two years, and refereed a game between The University of Rhode Island and The University of Hartford.

“I also coach varsity softball at Marlborough High. In my nine years as coach, we have won two league titles, and made the playoffs six times, including 2003, when we made the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. This year, I reached my 100th coaching win as we won the Central Massachusetts Division I District Championships before we fell 2-1 to Agawam in the state semi-finals.”

In the winter, between officiating basketball games, Kyle goes skiing.

“I love skiing and have been racing for the last five years at Wachusett Mountain. Two years ago I was ranked second in my age group and division in the state, and this past winter I competed in the regional championships at Okemo Mountain and finished seventh in my age group.”

Kyle and Michele now live in Hudson, Mass.

“I started teaching in Marlborough right after college, and Hudson is the next town north.”

Reflecting on his high school years, Kyle spoke of his favorite activities. “I was involved with the Drama Club in high school, and those practices and performances are what I remember most. Every night after school, school vacations, late nights the week before the performance to get ready and a great group of friends that I did it with. It’s not often in high school that you get a cast like we had in “The Wizard of Oz” my senior year. Eric Hanser, Chris Potanas, Josh LaRose, Krystal Fleming, Sara Shaw…that show was a lot of fun.”

Kyle picked out two teachers he remembers well.

“Mr. Manchester was so loud. But he made every story interesting, and you couldn’t get enough of what he was telling you, even if it was economics and government. I liked math, and math was easy for me, but Mrs. Barnes never let me be lazy, she didn’t let me slide by, but made me work as hard as I could. I’ve tried to mesh the styles I remember from them into my own teaching style.

“I don’t get home to Granville as often as I’d like. But when I do, I like to go to Glens Falls and visit Lucas Van Guilder, my best friend since Ms. Sokolich’s first grade class, and the best man at my wedding. Krystal Fleming grew up across the street from me, and I try to see her and her mom, Mary when I’m in Granville. My sister Lisa (GHS ‘94) lives in Conn., only two hours away, so some holidays we, and my mom and dad (Dan), will meet there.”

 Know an interesting subject for this column? Class of 1999 or earlier and out of area. Email mjeny@localnet.com

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