Hello & Welcome to First Grade!
I am so excited to work with you and your child this year! Please feel free to click around my website to learn about me and my procedures. If there is specific information that you are looking for and cannot find it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to answer any questions!I am looking forward to a successful and fun 2021-2022 school year. I believe in building strong family relationships in my classroom and cannot wait to get to know your child and your family. I welcome parents ANYTIME into the classroom and can always use your help! However, this year will clearly be a challenge in that department.Please feel free to contact me at any time. Email is the best way to get ahold of me throughout the day. I will get back to you as soon as possible. If there is an urgent message, please contact the office and they will be able to relay any messages to me. My classroom phone does not receive calls during school hours EXCEPT from the office. It will go right to voicemail and I do not get many opportunities throughout the day to check this. So please do not rely on this.
Teaching Experience: I have been teaching first grade in the Upper Merion Area School District for 9 years. This is my fourth year at Gulph Elementary School. Before coming to Gulph, I taught at Bridgeport Elementary School for 4 years and at Candlebrook Elementary School for 1 year. For two of these years, I co-taught with an ESL specialist and learned a lot about working with our ESL students. Prior to teaching first grade, I worked for the Upper Merion Area School District for several years, where I was a per diem, short-term, long-term, and building substitute.
Other Experiences: I have coached our Girls on the Run (GOTR) program for two years (for 3rd and 4th grade girls). I have also taught the (FREE) adult ESL classes offered by the district for 1 year. If you are interested in either of these programs please reach out to me for information. I also have experience tutoring children as well as instructed for both LIFT and the Homework Club.
Education: I earned dual Bachelor's of Science degrees in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Millersville University in 2007. I am currently enrolled in West Chester University, where I am working towards my Master's Degree for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) as well as my English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist Certification.
Home Life: I was born and raised in West Chester, PA and I currently still reside there. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, visiting my childhood vacation home in Long Beach Island, traveling, reading, fishing, going to concerts, and cooking. I am the middle child and have two brothers, one of which is also a teacher in Florida.