This will be my fourteenth year teaching third grade at Christ the King, and my fifteenth year teaching third grade. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts from the University of Massachusetts, and I am a graduate of the University of Vermont's Post-Baccalaureate Program in Elementary Education.
My husband Tyler and I have two daughters, Alexandra and Jillian. Alexandra (in seventh grade class this year) has attended CKS since she was 3, and my youngest, Jillian, will be in second grade with Mr. Verdirame. We enjoy being outdoors together hiking , kayaking and swimming. We are active in our church and strive to have a Christ-centered marriage and family.
I consider teaching a call on my life and love being in the classroom. It is my privilege to laugh, love and learn with your children. Thanks for entrusting them to my care!
My personal teaching philosophy has developed as a result of my experiences in the classroom thus far, and has been modeled after a quote from my mentor teacher that really resonated with me:"Children don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care." I strive to work with all of my students in order to build a classroom community where each child feels loved, valued and respected by their peers as well as by me. Within this environment, I feel strongly that students are able to put forth their best effort without fear of failure, and are able to embrace the learning process with enthusiasm. I am excited to learn something new every day, and it is my endeavor to spread this joy throughout my classroom on a daily basis.
I believe strongly in the home / school partnership. Your child’s success in the classroom is not achieved solely in the time they spend here at school. For my part, I will always do my best to keep you informed about the happenings in our classroom. Likewise, I encourage you all to keep me informed about events that happen outside of CKS that will impact your child’s education. (Specifically if they are having trouble here at school or on any assignment done at home, I rely on you to let me know so that I can help in finding a solution!) I know that together we can make this year be a positive and successful experience for every third grader! ☺