The Master Behind the MagicDecember 02, 2016
After living in numerous small Midwest towns as a child, Andrew Raeside earned his Fine Arts degree in Art from the University of Northern Iowa and also met his wife, Theresa. Following graduation, he started his special education career providing direct care in a Dubuque, IA adult residential facility. The couple relocated to Vermont for four years, but then finally settled in the NH lakes region. “It was the best thing we ever did!” shares Andrew.
Within a month of each other, Andrew and Theresa began their almost 25 years of employment at Spaulding Youth Center. Andrew started as a neurobehavioral para professional. In 1995, Executive Director Edward DeForrest hired Andrew as the Art & Music Coordinator. Not only would he teach art and music but also identify and collaborate with visiting artists for each year’s residency. He has relished this opportunity ever since.
Most recently, Andrew has been finishing coursework at Plymouth State University for his Masters of Arts Teaching, which he will complete at the end of this month. Not surprisingly, his methods classes, such as print making and photography, were among his favorite courses. Andrew also was inspired by his Philosophy of Education instructor, Phil Sanguedolce, who provided a great overview of western philosophy and how it applies to education. These concepts sparked thought-provoking discussions both in and out of the classroom for Andrew, and continue to inspire his daily interactions with Spaulding students.