I am honored to be the new second grade teacher and am excited to see what the school year has in store for us. I grew up in Springfield, Vermont and attended Johnson State College, earning my B.A. in Education and Creative Writing. Since graduating I have been a Math Interventionist and Reading Camp Counselor at Stowe Elementary, and a Head Daycare & Preschool Teacher in Jeffersonville, VT.
When I was in college I had a professor ask me what my teaching philosophy was. At the time I didn’t have an answer, so I went looking for one. I found one philosophy resonated with me far more than the rest, “students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” This has become my philosophy as building a relationship with each one of my students is of the upmost importance to me. Once students know you care they are able to open up their heart and mind; allowing them to grasp what you are teaching more easily. I will always show my students I believe in them and in return I hope they will always believe in themselves. They are our future, they deserve that confidence.
One thing I would like to bring from my old school to my new school would be games. I am a true believer that after teaching a lesson or unit it should be followed up with a game. Using games in the classroom for learning not only helps the students grasp and enforce the standard being taught but also helps students improve self-esteem, peer relationships and learning.
I reside in Morrisville, VT with my Australian Shepherd, Ecco. I spend most of my summers in my garden and I recently started making pickles, jams, hummus, and salsas from my crops. When I’m not in my garden then I am probably hiking with my pup, playing in soccer leagues or at the local library with an arm full of books that I will never have time to read.
B.A. Education and Creative Writing, Johnson State College, VT