5th Grade Teacher
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education and B.A. in English, Keene State College, and Masters of Arts in Teaching with a certificate in Educational Technology from Sacred Heart University.
When did you join the GCS Family?
I joined GCS during the 2018-19 school year, and this is my first full year of teaching here. Prior to GCS, I spent 18 years at Pear Tree Point School, teaching 3rd-5th Grades.
What are some non-academic goals you set for your class?
In Fifth Grade, we focus on preparing students for the rigors of the Upper School. I spend time fostering self-advocacy, independent thinking, and organization skills. Being able to approach a teacher confidently with specific questions is crucial to developing as a student.
How do core subjects evolve in 5th Grade?
In ELA, students explore different types of narrative and expository writing, as well as how to “read for content,” which are skills that will help them as they move to 6th Grade. Our Social Studies, Religion, Science, and Math classes have more cross-curricular elements at this grade level, which fosters higher order thinking by showing how different theories and ideas are connected. In Science, the students learn about the scientific method, create Science Fair projects, and complete group STEM experiments. Building a small scale roller coaster is always a favorite!
Are there any traditions for 5th Graders?
The students look forward to celebrating the Seder at Passover. Leading up to the event, we talk about traditions of various religions and cultures, as well as religious tolerance. We are always happy to welcome a Rabbi to campus each year to explain Jewish customs to the students as they enjoy a traditional Seder meal together.
Are there any “Rites of Passage” in 5th Grade?
ATHLETICS! Fifth Grade is the year GCS students start playing on our school’s Athletic teams. I love to hear about their games and their progress throughout the season. Teamwork is important at every age, both in the classroom and on the athletic field, so during our “Morning Greeting” each day, students share updates and encourage classmates to attend games to cheer for each other.
When you’re not busy at GCS, how do you spend your free time?
Family is my focus! My husband was my college sweetheart, and we spend most of our time with our two sons, Brayden and Cody. Brayden is playing baseball and is a member of the Drama Club as a high school freshman, and Cody, our 6th Grader, keeps us busy as a member of the Lego Robotics club at his school. When we have free time, we love being outdoors, traveling, visiting friends, and going to concerts - I’m excited to see Dave Matthews Band for the 10th time this summer. And of course we all love coming home to our cats - too many to name - and our sweet Chocolate Lab, Summer.