Hello and Welcome,
I’m thrilled to have this wonderful opportunity to teach third grade at Goshen Center School. This will be my second year teaching at GCS and my first year teaching third grade. I was fortunate enough to loop with many of my students from last year's second grade class. I taught Kindergarten for 9 years in the Bridgeport Public Schools and, prior to that, I taught preschool for 2 years at a private school in Stamford. I took time off from teaching when my daughter was born in 2012 and substituted regularly here in Region 6. I have my BA in Humanities from Providence College and my MA in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University. I also hold an 092 Administrative and Supervision certificate from SHU.
I live right here in Goshen with all of you and I have three kids, two of whom attend GCS. Henry is seven and will be in Second Grade, Eloise is five and will be starting Kindergarten and Clara is two. You can see their smiling, swinging and sugar-filled faces if you keep reading!
Back in the 1980's, I attended GCS as a student. I was so shy at this age, I don’t think I ever raised my hand to answer a question. I definitely spent a lot of time staring down at my pencil hoping my teacher didn’t notice me. Luckily, I’m not that shy anymore but it helped me be an observant person – one who understands that every child is unique (and that there may be a reason for staring at a pencil instead of the teacher!)
Every child has something he or she needs to develop and something he or she has to offer. First and foremost, I want to make sure each of my students is comfortable and happy in school. Developing confidence, both socially and academically, is the cornerstone for success.
I am very passionate about teaching young kiddos, writing for children, reading all kinds of children’s books as well as about the craft of writing. After I finish a book, I’ll spend hours reading about the author. I love to find out where an author writes, where the ideas are born and how many times the story is re-written. Reading about an author's perseverance and hard work inspires me to keep writing my own story, no matter how difficult it gets. I want my students to understand that persistence and hard work will help them achieve their goals, as well.
Below are some links to some of my favorite children’s books and authors. Not every child reads at the same level and that is perfectly okay. The reading level at which a child reads is not a predictor of a child’s success later in life. I don’t want any student to feel ‘less than’ because he or she doesn’t read at the same level as a classmate. Everyone will get there eventually! The following websites have a variety of age/reading level ranges. I hope the students can find inspiration! I’ll continue to add links to favorite series/authors the students will be enjoying in class. These are also listed on the Technology page.
Happy Exploring and Happy Reading!