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Tell us about yourself:
I was born and raised in Rockland, Maine, but currently live in Owls Head. I graduated from Rockland District High School in 1998 and attended the University of Maine at Orono that fall and earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. After graduation, I moved to New Hampshire for about 9 years, where I earned a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Franklin Pierce University.
Throughout my career in education, I have worked with students from preschool to seniors in high school in a variety of capacities. During these experiences, I learned a lot about myself personally and professionally. On a personal level, I discovered that I can overcome any challenges that I may face with hard work, commitment and determination. Professionally, I quickly realized that I was passionate about teaching, but my true calling was at the intermediate level. I have been teaching for about twelve years, seven of which have been in the fifth grade and I love it!
I have an adorable pit bull puppy named Tucker that takes up most of my time! I spend a lot of my time at the gym, running, biking or hiking. I am also quite the Red Sox fan and enjoy live music throughout the summer. As a Rockland native, I am comforted by the smell of the ocean. The beach is my happy place!
Tell us why you like to teach?
I love to learn! In fact, I believe in the idea of a lifelong learners. We must never stop learning new things and accepting new ideas. Teaching is exciting and challenging to me because I learn so much from my students every day. Often times, they are the real teachers, and I am simply their guide.
What are your favorite student units?
My favorite units to teach are the American Revolution and Immigration. There are so many wonderful trade books and graphic novels connected to these units. The students love to explore history and they provide a great platform for teaching the concepts of perspective and connection.
What is your parent contact plan?
Parents may contact me at any time with questions, comments or concerns via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the school at 207-354-2312. I also communicate with families with a weekly newsletter that is sent home on Fridays.
What are your homework guidelines?
Math and reading homework is assigned Mondays through Thursdays. The math assignment typically takes about 15 minutes. In addition, the students are expected to read 20 minutes each night and complete a nightly Reading Log, which includes a summary and a reading strategy. Once a week, they will also take home The Author’s Box. Many students are intrinsically motivated and take pride in what they create for The Author’s Box, so they spend a lot of time on this! They may choose to skip the math and reading assignment on their Author’s Box night, if they want. The homework is always listed on the back of the weekly newsletter, and can be found in the front of your child’s Home/School Binder.
Here is a link to the class website: https://sites.google.com/a/rsu13.org/fitzgerald