I attended the University of New Hampshire, where I studied Biology for my first two years of college. After reassessing my education and my plans for my future, I decided to follow my heart and study to become a teacher. I attended Fitchburg State College and received a B.S. in Elementary Education with a double major in History in 1996. I taught in the Winchendon Public School district for several years as a Title I teacher and a classroom teacher of grades 1-3. While teaching in Winchendon, I received my Masters of Education, in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University in 2000. This is a fancy term for arts integration and also what we know refer to as Multiple Intelligences and Differentiation. After a few years off to raise my children, I restarted my career at Chesterfield School. I worked as a Paraprofessional in the Title I department for the three years and have spent the last five years teaching Middle School Science. I am a dedicated 11 year participant in the Destination Imagination program. I have volunteered as a team manager for many years and in 2010 and 2011 served as the Chesterfield Destination Imagination Coordinator. I have even journeyed to Global Finals in Knoxville, TN, THREE TIMES! I am also a member of the school’s Leadership Team. I am a lifelong learner with training in Responsive Classroom and Developmental Design techniques and many workshops about Differentiation, Response to Instruction (RtI), Cultural RtI, Language Arts, and Science Literacy. This past spring I had the privilege of being part of the Plain Talk Literacy Fellowship Program through the Center for Development and Learning. I also am a Keene State College Student Teacher Site Supervisor. I am so very excited to be back in the primary wing of our awesome school. I am a firm believer in professional growth and know that new teaching experiences help develop me into a better teacher. It keeps my passion alive and I am ready for another new challenge!
I always strive to keep my students' needs as my guide to all classroom activities and decisions. I value an inclusive education for ALL students and differentiate for learning success through an RtI Model for all instruction. I value the social-emotional curriculum that must be woven into all academic teaching and learning experiences within the classroom.
Lisa K. Henkel Award for Excellence in Inclusion, 2014
Studied Biology at the University of New Hampshire (1991-1993) B.S. of Elementary Education, Fitchburg State College (1996) Masters of Education with a specialization in Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley University (2000)
Chesterfield School Leadership Team Keene State College Student Teacher Site Supervisor