Thursday, November 29, 2012
Local math teacher Tom Gallagher was accidentally paralyzed last year, but one local company came to his aid to help him teach again.
Last year, Chelmsford teacher and coach Tom Gallagher was accidentally paralyzed. While the town came to his aid, Chelmsford-based Pro AV Systems also came to the educator's aid, equipping his classroom with a serious of new technologies to help him stay in the classroom, ranging from wireless handsfree microphones to an adjustable digital whiteboard. "It's been scary, I'm the type of person that is afraid to push any button," said Gallagher. "But I'm getting used to these things and I'm excited to see what else they can do." Eventually, Superintendent Frank Tiano hopes to equip every classroom in the district with versions of the technology through the district's technology capital improvement plan, but this specific set of ADA-compliant …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Gallagher had been in a contest to win a van, but he was not a winner.
Chelmsford High School teacher and coach Tom Gallagher has a determined support network of family and friends who have committed to helping him gain independence. Gallagher, who was paralyzed after a freak accident last December, was in a contest this spring in honor of Mobility Awareness Month. While Gallagher's friends and families rallied and he received thousands of votes - even making it to the semi-final round in the contest - he was not one of the winners of the handicapped van. The van, according to family friend Shannon Michaud, will give him independence. "He's depending on our awesome community to help transport him (to lacrosse practices) and back pretty much every day of the week ... but he's relying on people not getting …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tom Gallagher, a local teacher and sports coach, was injured around last Christmas.
It hasn't been an easy road for local teacher and sports coach Tom Gallagher, but that hasn't stopped him from moving forward. Gallagher, of Greenville, N.H. was paralyzed in a freak accident in December of last year and although he's now wheel-chair bound, he's back to coaching lacrosse at Chelmsford High School and looking forward to getting back in the classroom in the fall. There's only one problem: Gallagher is depending on rides from others to get to lacrosse practices, and while his friends said he appreciates the help, he really needs a vehicle of his own. Gallagher's wife Annette discovered Life Moving Forward's contest in light of Mobility Awareness Month in which the organization is giving away three fully-equipped handicapped …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Events will raise money for Tom Gallagher, a McCarthy Middle School teacher.
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Friday, January 13, 2012
The town has banded together to help a local teacher after a freak accident overthe holidays. After he suffered the herniated disk when he was hauling in his christmas tree, Tom Gallagher was paralyzed from the waist down when an unnoticed herniated disk ruptured. The town is now holding several fundraisers over the coming weeks to benefit his cause. Gallagher, though living in New Ipswich, N.H., teaches grade 8 algebra at McCarthy Middle School, and coaches hockey, football, and lacrosse at Chelmsford High School. Gallagher also owns Nennie’s 5 Star Café, a New Ipswich eatery and catering company, along with his wife Annette. Shannon Michaud is a friend of the Gallagher family, and is a lead organizer of the events, along with family …