I began my career in education fresh out of college (with a B.A. in English Literature) as a substitute teacher. I discovered I loved teaching and found employment with a private company that trained us to teach Reading and Study Skills. I taught grades 4-12 in the U.S. and then in South America. After receiving my Teacher's certification I taught Adult Education (ESL, GED, ABE and the High School Diploma Program). I also taught a "Teen Parent Program" for 5 years at the high school level. As I worked with the young parents in that program I realized I wanted to do more to help students that were dealing with so many issues - so I returned to school and obtained my M.S. in School Counseling. I have been a school counselor now for 15 years, working with students from grades 6-12. I have also had the opportunity to work at schools that specialize in helping students that have severe emotional issues.
Hands-on, lots of discussion and sharing. Group work. Pretty much anything that will get the students' curiosity aroused and gets them involved.
Teacher of the Year - Teen Parent Program - 1998-1999. Teacher (Counselor of the Year) - 2011-2012
University of Connecticut. St. Francis Xavier University (Nova Scotia, Canada)-B.A. English Lit. Central CT State University- M.A. School Counseling.
I have four children (all grown and living on their own now) and a supportive husband and two dogs (Golden Retriever and Border Collie).