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I went to Southern Connecticut State University for my undergraduate program. I recieved a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Wellness and Psychology. I completed my Master's Degree in 2014 from the University of St. Joseph in Curriculum and Instruction. I am currently working towards my Sixth Year and Administrative Certification in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. I will have this program completed by June 2019! 


The 2017-2018 school year will be my TENTH year teaching! I have always taught Kindergarten, however I started my career in New Britain at Smith Elementary School in 2008. I came to Hop Brook for the 2016-2017 school year and could not be any happier! Kindergarten has been my dream for as long as I can remember, and I am SO fortunate to have been able to teach it for the last 9 years (and many more to come, hopefully!).


I grew up in Bristol, CT. After college, I bought my first home in Bristol and spent a few more years there. In 2014 I sold my house and moved to Middlebury, CT where I live now. I am a huge animal lover. I have a dog, who is my child. His name is Dax and he is a big black and white hound-mix. Your children will probably talk about him like he's a classmate because I will tell countless stories about him! I love giraffes (they are all over the classroom!) and my dream is to visit South Africa and go on a REAL safari one day! I love being outside and being active, and if I can bring my dog I'm even more excited about it! I travel often, as well! Usually during Spring break and a couple times during the Summer. I am very big into Crossfit and Powerlifting in my free time. I am a certified Crossfit trainer at a gym in Watertown, CT. I love reading and learning as much as I can about tons of different topics.


 Orlando Airport with the giraffes :) 

 My FAVORITE town in Ireland...Kinsale! It was such a bright and colorful coastal town.