There is no greater joy in my life than watching the spark of wonder and understanding ignite in the mind of a child. It is through this same joy that I believe children need a quality education that will provide a framework for the person they will grow into. This is why after 10 years of working in the insurance industry I left to become an educator.
After working full time to put myself through school, I graduated summa cum laude from Cedar Crest College in 2001. I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education certification. During the summer of 2006 I graduated from Wilkes University with my master's degree in Educational Development & Strategies. In 2013, I completed my second master's degree in Instructional Media.
My teaching career began in the Allentown School District educating 5th grade students. Once I arrived in Northampton Area School District, I taught 6th grade writing and reading at Wolf (Siegfried) Elementary. For the past 12 years, I have taught 4th grade and truly love this age group. I am thrilled to begin my 15th year as an educator.
When I am not at school, I enjoy gardening (except for the dreadful weeds that don't seem to end), snowmobiling, spending time in the Adirondack Mountains, and relaxing on my back patio with my husband, friends, and faithful dog, Tippie. I love to read, especially children's books.
Some of my favorites include Holes, which is packed with suspense and spoke of building character, self-sacrifice, persistence, and friendship along with the Harry Potter series. After finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the 7th book in the series, I felt this was the most suspenseful and well-written book of them all. I loved it! Another worthy series is The Chronicles of Narnia.
For the action-adventure reader, Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a great series that combines Greek mythology. This series was excellent, and the movie came out in February 2010 (not as good as the book) so I was able to compare the book to the movie. Another movie was released for the second book, Sea of Monsters. Though the series, The Hunger Games, is action-packed and well written, I also found it to be quite violent for a young reader. (I won't lie...I had nightmares!) No one will argue that the movies are very good, so I look forward to watching them all.
My reading time is limited so last summer I've focused on re-reading Pippi Longstocking, The Genius Files (excellent new series that should be turned into a movie), and finishing through The 39 Clues series by Rick Riordian (fantastic series). Other great reads I recommend include Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordian, and a Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Also last summer, Mrs. Gaetaniello has inspired me to read fascinating historical fiction books on Egyptian and English queens. However, this summer I spent reading educational and psychology books that are definitely worth the read: Learned Optimism and The Smartest Kids in the World (analyzing top performing countries on PISA international academic tests to US exchange students in those countries), Number Sense, Number Talks, and Teach Like a Champion.
Teaching is my passion and it is part of who I am. I strive to do everything in my power to help your child enjoy learning and develop into a person of good character who will become a productive member of society. This year, I look forward to the journey of working with another wonderful group of 4th graders.