Phone: (856)-589-8248 EXT. 3940
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English at Temple University MEd Curriculum & Instruction/Reading Specialist License at Carson Newman University Reading Recovery Certificate at Lipscomb University
I am thrilled to be teaching 3rd grade English/Language Arts at Thomas Jefferson Elementary and I can't wait to get started!
I am from the suburbs of Philadelphia. I earned my Bachelor's degree in English from Temple University and a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction with a Reading Specialist License from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee. This will be my 8th year teaching. From 2012-2018 I taught in Metro Nashville Public schools. The last two years I have been a reading specialist, including last year in Camden, but I realized I missed being in the classroom because that is where my true passion lies.
My wife and I decided to move to New Jersey last year to be closer to family once we found out we were expecting our first child, Vincent. He is now 11 months old and we could not be happier!
One of the things that I am most passionate about as a teacher is writing instruction. From my seven years of experience, I have encountered many students who have either disliked writing or have struggled with it. I take writing instruction VERY seriously. According to Dr. Steven Graham, a writing instruction expert and professor at the University of Arizona, the ability to write is directly linked to attainment of white collar careers and success in college. I can assure you that your child's writing ability will grow tremendously this year. More importantly, it is my goal that students learn to love writing.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family, watching sports (especially the Phillies, Flyers, and Eagles!), and reading.
Please feel free to reach me through email or call me at absolutely any time with questions, concerns, or comments. I look forward to having a fantastic year in third grade and can't wait to meet all of you!