This is my seventeeth year at the Haworth Public School, but my nineteenth 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 is my fifth year as the learning disability teacher-consultant (LDT-C) on the Child Study Team.
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, our three boys (four if you include our puppy), and I live in Midland Park, as do my older brother, his wife and their two children. My younger sister, her husband, and their two children live in Allendale. My younger brother lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with his wife. I'm so thrilled to have my family so close, especially with three very active 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. In the spring of 2018, I received my Orton-Gillingham Teaching Certificate through FDU. 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 summer of 2021, I took the last classes needed in order to obtain my Dyslexia Specialist Certification.
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 nine years coaching middle school basketball (eight years in Waldwick and one in Haworth), and seven years coaching Haworth's Middle School soccer and track teams. I've since hung up my school coaching hat so I can spend time with my boys after school. I continue to stay active any chance I get and enjoy walking/running, attending HIIT classes, especially those at Orange Theory, and going on bike rides with my kids. I also love watching sports including games played by the Yankees, Giants, and Rangers. In fact, my family has season tickets to the Giants.
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.