Raymond School District News

New Special Education Director Walter Anacki at Raymond School District
By Penny Williams    12-03-14

Walter Anacki calls himself a “people person,” and said his career choice was prompted largely by the ideals instilled in him by his parents and the values taught him during his journey to Eagle Scout rank.

While Anacki is new to Raymond, he said he is excited by his new position as Special Education Director for the Raymond School District. In that role, he is responsible for Special Education, Section 504 and homeless students. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act provides accommodations for students with disabilities.

“I heard about the opening here from my friend Steve Woodward, who is the new Raymond High School Principal,” he said. “We worked together in Farmington and he told me he thought I would really like it here.”

Anacki was Special Education Director in the Farmington School District for four years before accepting the Raymond position. He previously worked in Littleton. He started his career in Portsmouth as a vocational special education teacher and wrote the first curriculum in the state for that educational discipline. After teaching in Portsmouth for five years, he switched to social work, where his focus was therapeutic services for the foster care area and he worked with unaccompanied refugee minors.



Walter Anacki

Raymond School District's new Director of Student Services is Walter Anacki. Photo by Penny Williams


He returned to teaching in Thornton as a special education teacher after five years in the social service arena and has remained in education ever since. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1981 and his Master’s in Educational Administration degree from Plymouth State in 2003.

“I was brought up by my parents with ideals and expectations of helping people, and I am sure this led me directly to choosing a service or helping industry for a career,” he said. “Being a Scout and reaching Eagle Scout taught me those values and they played a big part in my choice of the human service field.”

Anacki said he has found the Raymond district and the community to be everything Woodward told him it was.

“It is a highly professional and supportive administration and staff and the community has been equally supportive,” he said. “When the opening came up I grabbed it and I have no regrets. It is a really nice, open, and receptive district and community and the administration is outstanding and collegial.”

Anacki lives in Belmont, which he said allows him to work anywhere in New Hampshire. “I’ve lived there for 27 years but am originally from Hampton,” he noted. He is married with no children.

He said he has been in the Raymond district long enough to get settled in and expressed contentment with his new situation.

“I find being here to be very enjoyable,” he said. “I really look forward to the ride into work each morning, and that says a lot about the job. There is always some stress but there is so much team support and community appreciation here that it minimizes the moments of stress.”























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