This is my fourteenth year at the Haworth Public School, but my sixteenth year in education. Every year has been exciting and memorable, as I have been so lucky to work with such wonderful people. Haworth Public School is such a fabulous place to work, and I truly enjoy being surrounded by such enthusiastic students, staff, and parents. This year I'm once again excited to be a part of the Child Study Team as the learning disability teacher-consultant (LDT-C).
My family is such an important part of my life, which is probably why most of us have settled within minutes from my parents' house in Waldwick. My husband, Sean, our sons Patrick (5), Seamus (5), and Brendan (4) and I live in Midland Park, as do my older brother Michael, his wife Nancy, and their twins Michael and Katelyn. My younger sister Jennifer, her husband Sam, and their daughter Madeleine and son Maclan live in Allendale. My brother Gregory, the youngest in the family, lives in Philadelphia with his wife Betsy, but has plans of moving back to Northern NJ eventually. I'm so thrilled to have my family so close, especially now that I have 3 boys. It's nice having help just minutes away. All three of my siblings are accountants. I suppose I decided to be different by going into education.
Here's a bit of information on my educational background. I graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland in May of 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. In May of 2008 I received my Masters in Special Education from William Paterson University and also obtained my LDTC certification. I continue to take graduate classes and attend workshops when I can because I love learning and believe it's important to continue my education throughout my teaching career. In fact, during the last two school years I took classes here at Haworth School through Fairleigh Dickinson University and received my Orton-Gillingham Teaching Certificate in the spring of 2018.
I am also a huge sports fan! I played soccer, basketball, and ran track in high school and then continued playing soccer in college for a couple of years. I spent 9 years coaching middle school basketball (8 years in Waldwick and 1 in Haworth), and 7 years coaching Haworth's Middle School soccer and track teams. I've taken a break from coaching the last several years so I can spend time with my boys after school. I continue to stay active any chance I get and love watching sports including games played by the Yankees, Giants, and Rangers. In fact my family has season tickets to the Giants. Although these past few years I've watched most games from home with Patrick, Seamus, and Brendan. GO BIG BLUE!
In my role as the LDT-C I promote the same atmosphere of safety, trust, and respect that I created in my classroom. Over the years I've worked hard to build a sense of community with the staff, students, and Haworth families. I believe great things can happen when we work together.