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.
As the end of the year begins to wind down, we are busier than ever here in the classroom and throughout the building! Mary Crowning ceremony, Spring concert, golf tournament, school picnic, field day, and our class field trip, just to name a few things we will be involved with. Your child may be tired as he/she returns home after a busy day at school preparing, practicing, and finishing up our “book learning”!
The first grades will be going on a field trip to the Holyoke Children’s Museum on Tuesday, the 5th of June, and as an added surprise, we will be able to ride the carousel at Heritage Park! The details of the trip, along with a permission slip, will be sent home shortly. It will be a great day!
Our “summer birthday” children will have the opportunity to celebrate their special day with their classmates during the remainder of the school year. Please “reserve” the date for your child’s celebration in June so we may plan our last weeks of first grade with this in mind.
If you would like to meet concerning your child’s progress this year, please let me know and I would be happy to arrange a conference with you during these last few weeks of school.
Please continue working with your child. There are still many things that we will be learning about and experiencing in the classroom. Paying attention, listening, participating, and completing work is still expected. With everyone’s cooperation, we will accomplish all that needs to get done this year!
Enjoy this beautiful month of May.