I have been a member of the St. Thomas faculty since September 1989. I received both my BA and M.Ed from Westfield State College, and in 2012 was awarded the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award by the Grinspoon Foundation.
I absolutely love teaching first grade! It is an amazing learning and fun place to watch children discover their potential. I’ve always believed that creating a peaceful and organized environment, encouraging individual problem solving, fostering independent learning, and promoting personal responsibility will lead to positive academic and personal growth in even the youngest of students.
I look forward to each school year with excitement and enthusiasm, and am always anxious to meet and work with new families and students. I am confident that together we can create a valuable foundation for academic and life-long learning success.
CLASSROOM MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
It’s time to welcome November! Our class is excited about falling leaves, turkeys, owls, pilgrims, Native Americans, and all of the other wonderful “November things”.
During these next two months, we will be continuing our reading and writing, adding and subtracting, cutting and gluing, questioning and answering, and learning many new things. Your child will be bringing home many things to share with you – art projects, math, science, religion, and language arts activities, stories, and songs. Your interest in and appreciation of these special projects is important in encouraging and stimulating your child’s desire to learn and grow.
In the coming weeks, your child will need to bring in a small shoe box, and two large and two small paper tubes from bathroom tissue and paper towels (letting you know ahead of time so you can be on the look-out for these items). I will let them know when to bring them in. Glue sticks are always needed as well for the classroom’s “Plan B”. Thank you for your attention to these matters.
Our planners, take-home folders, and library books are returning daily/weekly. The children are all showing great signs of becoming responsible, independent learners. Terrific effort!!!
Have a beautiful, blessed, and happy Thanksgiving holiday.