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I was born and raised in North Haven, CT, and spent most of my summers on Mt. Desert Island. I graduated from the University of Maine in Orono,  with a B.A. in English Literature and earned my certification from College of the Atlantic.  I have a twin sister, Libby, who is a speech and language pathologist at MDI.  We are both very tall!
I moved to the island permanently in my twenties, and married my husband(of 38 years), Dennis. I am very lucky to have a twenty-one year old daughter named Abby, who just her final year at Boston University, whom I love very much.  She is off to law school next year!  
After volunteering for a number of years in my daughter's school, I decided to go back to school to become a teacher. I am currently certified to teach 5-12 ELA, 5-8 SS and Special Education, K-8.  I LOVE theater(I am the Drama Director at Tremont School), music and yoga, and most importantly, Bruce Springsteen.  But the most important thing you need to know about me is that I find many things very funny, love to laugh, and to tell stories.  Sometimes, I talk too much! 
I am about to end my sixth year of teaching at Cave Hill.  When asked why I continue to commute an hour each way to work by many people, my answer is simple.  Cave Hill is a family, whose staff cares for each other, the community is welcoming and the students are wonderful.  Many students who have left Cave Hill have a permanent place in my heart.
This year was a challenging one, but my students have worked hard and are great company.   Unlike classroom teachers, I cannot post pictures of my students(I wish I could!).  I hope everyone has a wonderful summer, filled with out door fun and reading good books!


What We Are Doing!

I wanted to share with all of you the great work my students are doing this year.  We are learning the alphabet(upper and lower case), counting to 10, reading books, decoding one syllable words, and learning about compound words.   On top of all of this work, students are learning how to persevere by getting through some very hard work.  I am very proud of all of them!

Great Books for Middle School

I am compiling  a list of middle school books my students say they love.  I have listed beneath the book other books by the same author(in case you are thinking of Christmas presents).  I will add to the list, per the students' recommendations.
Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary Schmidt
OK for Now
Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Kid
The Wednesday Wars
First Boy
Straw Into Gold
What Came from the Stars
The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
That was Then, This is Now
Taming the Star Runner
Hawkes Harbor
Freak the MIghty
Harry Potter
Wrinkle in Time
The Westing Game

As my husband Dennis and I get ready to send our daughter back to school, I realize that Cave Hill is a place many of think of as our second home:    because of our wonderful staff, I feel part of a family and a community.  I am extraordinarily lucky to have the opportunity to begin my fourth year at Cave Hill and I am looking forward to learning lots of new things this year and being more involved in the regular classrooms. 

New Things!

I am attaching a link to my classrooms newsletter, and am also adding what I think will be helpful links to parents with information about different disabilities. I hope the information is helpful!

Communicating With Parents

It is very, very important to me to keep the lines of communication open with parents and guardians.  I want parents to know about struggles their child is having, as well as triumphs.  With that in mind, I will try to touch base with parents frequently.  Please always feel that you can communicate with me, too!