Academic Support Teacher
I graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and teacher certification in pre-k to sixth grade general education. The next year I graduated from the Marlboro College Graduate Centerwith a master’s of arts in teaching with technology. While teaching at Vernon I have been trained as a Trainer of Teachers in Thinking Maps and taken courses in Skillful Teaching, Fundations, the first three modules of LETRS, the Stern Center’s Time for Teachers, and ALL KIDS for teaching ELL students.
When I started at Vernon in 1999, I entered an empty classroom that would eventually be my tech lab. After 17 years, I moved into another empty classroom to start my adventure as an academic support teacher. In the time in between I taught over 400 students how to use a mouse, type, build a slideshow, and save Zoombinis on 3 different sets of computer and generations of operating systems. I also taught over 100 of those students to read and do math in small groups from every grade. Now in addition to pulling out small groups, I push into classrooms during whole group lessons, do assessments in reading and math, and track growth throughout the year.
If you had asked me when I was eight what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have told you a teacher. If you had asked me what my interests were I would have told you reading and using my computer. Go figure! Now my interests also include theater, knitting, and crafting. I have been married to Tony since 2002. My son Jackson was born (on my birthday) in 2009. In 2013, we welcomed a second son, Henry. Our most recent change is moving across Brattleboro to a home right next to my parents. My sister, and her husband live around the corner.