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    Upper Merion Middle School

    5th Grade Language Arts

    Explorers Team #C128






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    Hello and Welcome!


    My name is Shira Kempes, and I am so excited to be joining the Explorers team to teach 5th grade Language Arts. This is my first year at Upper Merion, but I have been teaching for 10 years. As the daughter of teachers, I was destined to graduate from Penn State with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Since having the incredible opportunity to student teach in England, I have developed a love of world travel and classroom technology, which led to my earning a Masters in Instructional Media from Wilkes University. 


    When I am not at school, I spend my time traveling with my husband, also a teacher, reading on the beach, learning to kickbox, and shopping for shoes. 


    I am a big believer that learning should be fun, and I am always looking for ways to bring laughter and excitement to my classroom. I am thrilled to be joining the UMASD family as an Explorer and I cannot wait to embark on this adventure!

    Please do not hesitate to contact me! The best way to reach me is via email at