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Grade 5

Education

I received my B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, where I studied education, psychology and dance.

I have a masters in Reading (and am certified in Remedial Reading/Language Arts) from Southern Connecticut State University.

I have also participated in many non-degreed learning opportunities.  For most of the past 10 summers I have spent a week at Teachers College in NYC, learning techinques for teaching literacy.  A few years ago I participated in a Teaching American History grant, where for 3 years I met with a cohort of other elementary teachers monthly to learn about topics in American History and techniques for teaching history to students. 

More recently I have participated in several curriculum writing experiences which have involved professional development as we worked to incorporate the new standards.  These included science curriculum writing with other teachers from North Haven, social studies curriculum writing with a cohort of other teachers in the New Haven area and mathematics curriculum writing with teachers around the country for the website Learn Zillion.

I was lucky that at Mount Holyoke one of my education professors also ran the SummerMath for Teachers program that Mount Holyoke offered.  I received a wonderful background in developing students' understanding of math concepts, which fits well with the Math in Focus program that North Haven is now using.

 



Experience

This year marks my 18th year of teaching and my fourth year at Clintonville!  Most of my other years of teaching (12 years) were spent teaching 4th and 5th grade at Green Acres in the Integrated Day program.  Six years ago I took a leave of absence to spend a year in Maine.  There I spent part of the year working with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders in a Montessori school, and the rest of the year teaching 4th graders in a public school.  When my husband and I moved back to North Haven I was moved to the middle school, where I taught 6th grade language arts.  Though I loved being there, I was also delighted to be moved back to 5th grade, where my heart truly resides.  I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see first-hand what your students will need to learn over the next year, as they prepare for the transition to middle school.  (The transition isn't as scary as it seems.)

Before teaching in North Haven I worked at Nature's Classroom, teaching environmental education.  I've also worked many years at summer camps.  I think the best way to learn is through having fun.



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