Teaching has always been a passion of mine. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher, and I am currently in my 19th year of teaching. It has been quite the road leading me to Bernardston Elementary School. I attended the State University of New York College at Oneonta for my undergraduate studies in Elementary Education, with a minor in Communications. I taught for three years in the Hudson Valley (grades 3 and 5). During my time in New York, I also received my Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Reading from Western Connecticut University.
In 2002, I married and relocated to the Pioneer Valley. Since living here, I have taught in several districts and have remained in the upper grades. I have had wonderful professional experiences in the Pioneer Valley, ranging from classroom teacher, math coach, and recently becoming involved with teaching other educators through a math consulting firm during the summer. I also had the honor of receiving a Grinspoon Excellence of Teaching Award in 2008. It has been quite the journey so far.
In 2011, I made the choice to join the teaching team at Bernardston Elementary School. I reside in Leyden, and it was in the best interest of my family and my career to join the Pioneer Valley Regional School District, and the journey continues……
I love being outside and love each season of the year – they each have something about them I enjoy. Summer and Fall are by far my favorites. I love finding a good spot to read a book. I collect “frog” things for the classroom and have always had a liking for the “Peanuts” characters. Another hobby of mine is taking pictures, especially of nature scenes and wildlife. My family and I enjoy road trips and being silly. Although traveling can be fun, I do enjoy relaxing at my home in Leyden. I actually find watching thunderstorms relaxing.