I graduated from Westfield High School in 1983, after having attended South Middle School and Abner Gibbs Elementary School. I am proud to say that I am the third generation of a family line from the City of Westfield.
In 1988 I graduated from the Elms College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with majors in English and History. The day after I graduated from the Elms I began working as an administrative assistant and associate bookseller for Heritage Surveys, Inc./Heritage Books, where I remained as a full time employee from 1988-2001. From 1997-1999 I attended Westfield State College in order to complete the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program with a concentration in Secondary English Language Arts. Within weeks of my completion of the program my mother passed away, followed a year and 6 days later by my father in 2000, as a result of their deaths I put my career change on hold. But in September of 2001 I began working in the Westfield High School English Language Arts Department in Room 232.
May 2003 I earned my Master’s Degreee in Education with a concentration in Secondary English Language Arts from Elms College. In 2006 I completed the requirements for the ELL endorsement on my professional license. The year 2008 I completed my Master’s +30, in 2009 my Master’s +45 and in June of 2012 completed my Master’s +60 requirements.
In addition to taking courses I have also participated in several outstanding grant opportunities including the Teaching American History grant offered through Westfield State University (2005-2007) and the Picturing America grant offered through Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield, MA (Summer 2011).
I was a member of the English Language Arts Curriculum Committee and ELL Leadership Team and am currently a member of the School Improvement Council and the Superintendent’s Council representing Westfield High School. In addition to these positions I also serve as a teacher representative for the VIPS/WHIPS organizations. I was a mentor for first year teachers for a number of years but now I am the teacher mentor for second year teachers at Westfield High School. I am also very proud to have been nominated as the 2012 Teacher of Excellence Award winner for Westfield High School.
As a member of the Westfield Education Association I have served since August 2012 as the Employee Rights and Responsibilities Chair. I also volunteer for the Southampton Edwards Public Library as President of the Friends of Edwards Library.
My Philosophy of Education
I believe that a quality education is a fundamental right of every person. All students will receive the respect, encouragement, and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a changing global society.
Approach to Education
My approach to education is a “hands-on” orientated presentation. I believe that students learn from a combination of learning approaches including auditory, visual, and motor-skill related. Students in my classroom are encouraged to work together in cooperative learning groups, as well as developing their own individualized skills and talents. Computers and technology are an integral part of our daily lives and their contribution to the classroom is beneficial not only to the learning process but also to the development of essential life skills for students. The value of education is being able to learn from the past, while experiencing the present and seeing the future. It is my goal to encourage a learning environment for students that creates in them a love for learning that they will carry with them for a lifetime.