I have 28 years of experience teaching every grade from Pre-K-9th grade. Most of my career however, has been spent as a First Grade Teacher, and a 2nd grade Basic Skills Teacher. I spent five years as the regular education partner in an In Class Support team. There, I had opportunities to work with Special Education students as well as Counselors, Psychologists, Behavior Specialists and Social Workers. I have written curriculum for every subject area taught in First Grade and have served on many committees to select textbooks and evaluate needs for the district. I also have had former students return as Student Teachers, and have had the pleasure of seeing the world through their eyes twice.
My goal is to have each student feel comfortable and safe to take learning risks and for every student to advance and meet their potential. My motto in my classroom is that there is "Never nothing to do". Every student will be provided with learning opportunities at their level, whether it be critical thinking, re-teaching or enrichment. I have a little class mascot named Silly Sam that I started doodling when I was 10 years old. He acts as a motivator for my students and provides many award incentives for them. They enjoy earning Silly Sam Awards and are proud to show their families their achievements in school.
Teacher of the Year in 1994.
Binghamton University, N.Y.: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Dowling College, N.Y.: Masters Degree in Elementary Education
I am originally from Setauket, L.I., N.Y. I have taught in New York and New Jersey.