I have been a teacher for more than 30 years, and I have loved every one of those years! While most have been spent teaching grade 4, I have also taught kindergarten and grade 2. I also teach science workshops for teachers and hold certification as a principal.
I enjoy the challenge of teaching all kinds of students, from those struggling to meet grade level expectations to gifted students. I am a curious and passionate learner and bring that to my teaching. I love providing rich and applied learning experiences for my students and keep my teaching lively and geared toward the needs and learning styles of my students. I expect a lot of my students and of myself as their teacher. Everyone is smart in my classroom and everyone can!
I am a recipient of The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching for the state of Maine in 2000. I was a finalist for Maine Teacher of the Year in 2012. I have presented nature education workshops at state and national conferences, including the National Science Teachers Association.
I have a B.A. in Child Study from Tufts University and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine. I am certified as a Maine Master Naturalist.
I live in beautiful coastal Maine with my husband and our Maine Coon Cat.
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Science, Social Studies - History, Civics, Elections - Voting, Government, U.S. History, World Language, Physical Education, Geography, Other (ELA), Gifted and Talented, For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, General Science, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Thanksgiving, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Autumn, Halloween, Winter, The New Year, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, Black History Month, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Tools for Common Core, Earth Day, For All Subjects, Informational Text, Coaching, End of Year, Women's History Month, Classroom Community