I thought it would be helpful to introduce myself to new students, parents, guardians, and any other interested visitors.
I was born in Italy and lived there until I was five years old. At that time my family moved to Haddon Township, New Jersey, which is where I grew up. I still speak Italian fluently and enjoy my mother's homemade Italian cooking.
I graduated from Haddon Township High School, and I married my high school sweetheart while I was in college. We bought a home and moved to Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Later, I graduated from Rowan University with a teaching degree and a Reading Specialist Certification. I was very excited to get started in my new career as a teacher.
While I was in college I substituted for the Gloucester Township School District, and when I graduated I received a job offer from Medford. I started as a pregnancy replacement in fifth grade. When that teacher returned, the following year, I was rehired for third grade. I taught third grade for two years, and then returned to fifth grade. This is my thirteenth year teaching in Medford and I LOVE IT!!!! Chairville is an outstanding school and a fantastic place to work. Later I went back to school and earned my Masters Degree at The College of New Jersey.
I have three children, two daughters - Karlie is 14 and Jaidyn is 12, and one son - Justin is 8
Our pets include; two cats, a fish tank (40 gallon salt water tank) and a koi pond in the back yard.
My favorite subjects to teach are science, math, writing, and reading. I love the days when I see a student's eyes light up because he or she "gets it". Teaching is so rewarding, and I encourage parent involvement because they are their child's best lifelong teachers.
My hobbies include reading, snorkeling, swimming, and collecting Star Trek memorabilia. I am a fan of all the Star Trek shows and enjoy watching the movies. Also, I enjoy playing video games. I own a Genesis, Nintendo 64, Gamecube, Wii, WiiU, PSP, Playstation, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, and Playstation 4.
Some of my other favorite things are:
Food: Mexican, wings, and ice cream
Children's book: Cirque Du Freak and anything by Ronald Dahl
Adult Book: Anything by Stephen King
Animals: fish, dogs, and cats