I have been teaching since 1996, and have been with The Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District since 2001. I've taught Pre-K Three-year-olds, Pre-K Four-year-olds, Kindergarten and First Grade. I received my Bachelors in Psychology and Education from Rutgers College, New Brunswick and completed my MSEd as a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach at Monmouth University! Before I was married, I worked a summer Math and Science Camp (First Grade) for 11 years.
My passions are literacy and early childhood education, and First Grade is a perfect place for both! One thing I loved about the program I chose at MU is that I was always learning new research-proven techniques and practices that I could put to use immediately in my own classroom! I still subscribe to several IRA (International Reading Association) journals to keep myself current. My "Resources" and "Literacy Information" tabs are full of practical ideas and information about how to work with me to help your child at home. Together, we can ensure your child will grow a great deal as a reader, writer, and thinker this school year!
In my much-cherished free time, I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, sailing, and being an Auntie. I also love spending time with my retired racing greyhound, Sully (racing name Silky Soprano). Sully is a sweet goofy boy who always makes me laugh! I am truly a life-long learner, and hope to inspire you and your child to be life-long learners as well!
I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project (TCWRP) summer institutes for both reading and writing three years in a row! I love going to Columbia University to get some fresh ideas to better reach your children every summer! This summer I attended the TCRWP virtual training for teaching reading and writing online. I missed the stained glass windows and mystique of the TC campus, but it was nice to not have to catch a 5:30AM train! I'm excited to put my new skills to work this fall teaching your child remotely!
I am a firm believer in doing things the best way I can, not "the way it's always been done" just for the sake of it. A lot of "traditional" practices have just not stood up to research, and a lot of innovative new ways are either research-supported or research-based (and promising) methods for teaching. I hope to keep you informed on this web page, in memos home, and during conferences to tell you both what I am doing (or not doing) and WHY I think it will benefit your child. If you have any questions about anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, things will be very different. I don't even have all the details to share with you yet! Some things have NOT changed, however--I remain dedicated to being there for you and your child in any way that I can with flexibility, creativity, and good humor. This year, more than ever, we need to work closely together as a team to give your child the best First Grade experience that can be had. As they say, "We got this!" :-)
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