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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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each position I have held in the Weston Public Schools from classroom teacher to Superintendent of Schools," explains Dr. Maloney. Many Weston Public School alumni would agree with the senti- ment, as droves of graduates have found their way back to Weston with the desire to raise their children in the tight-knit community and take advantage of its top-notch schools. Barbie Cobb, class of '92, and her high school friend, now husband, Alex, remember Weston as "very small and quiet, and a place where everyone knew each other. The teachers knew every student, regardless of whether or not they had you in class." "Our decision to move back to Weston was pretty simple," says Barbie Cobb, who went on to work in New York City after college before returning to Massachusetts for graduate school at Harvard. "We wanted to move close to family, into a town with an excellent school system, and to feel like we're in a community where we could get involved. We found a house that we loved, made an offer on a whim, and found ourselves moving in several months later in 2000." Both she and Alex had Dr. Maloney for history, her first position with the Weston schools beginning in 1985. (Maloney then went on to History Department Chair for both the middle and high school, Assistant Principal at the high school, then Assistant Superintendent, and finally Superintendent in 2008.) "Teaching ninth grade, she helped smooth the transition of the freshmen into the high school with her gentle nature and kind manner. The fact that she can still remember students from the '80s and '90s after all these years is impressive," explains Cobb. 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 A Legacy of Learning back row: Bill Carlson and Bill Balz front row: Hella Carlson, Charlie Balz, Caroline Carlson Balz, William Balz, and Ivy Carlson

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