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 Center with 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, 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.