I grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. I lived there until I left to attend college at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. I graduated with honors four years later with a degree in elementary education and a concentration in early childhood education. During my college years, I taught an inclusive preschool class at a local day care center. By my senior year, I was promoted to an assistant director position. I left this job in September to begin my teaching career in Montgomery County, Maryland. In this district I taught a two/three combination for one year, and third grade for three years. I left after my fourth year to pursue a masters degree. I was awarded a full federal grant to attend the George Washington University. I attended school and taught in the District of Columbia for a year. I taught middle school and high school students with emotional disabilities. I returned to Montgomery County, Maryland in 1997 to teach a class of 4th and 5th grade students with emotionally disabilities. I moved back to New Jersey in the summer of 1998. I have been teaching in NJ since then! I taught the Transitional Kindergarten, then I moved to third grade and now I find myself teaching first grade.