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About the Teacher

This year I am thrilled to welcome back all of my students and create new memories
for the Class of 2022.  I am so happy to once again work with my great middle school
team as I begin my twenty-second year of teaching, and my seventh year at
Academy of Our Lady.  The students, faculty, and staff are my second family!  
This year I will continue to teach seventh and eighth grade science, and eighth grade
religion.  I look forward to collaborating with our "STREAM" teacher and expanding
our STEM EXPO.  As in years past, I am committed to providing all of my students
with many opportunities to stretch their imaginations and improve their critical
thinking skills. 
 
Over the past twenty-one years I have taught all grade levels from Pre-K to 8th
in a few public schools, the Diocese of Paterson, and the Archdiocese of Newark.  
Over twenty-nine years ago I began working with children by teaching CCD in
my parish, children's bible school for Community Bible Study International, and
I also prepared high school students for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Currently I 
am blessed to be involved in my home parish as I serve as a lector and Eucharistic
minister.  I am also a member of the Celebration Choir, Rosary Altar Society, and 
Stewardship Committee.  
 
Many years ago, I earned my Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration
and a paralegal certificate from Montclair State College.  Subsequently, I worked
as a paralegal for fifteen years in a small law firm.  After years of serving as
a catechist, I earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration
in elementary education from Montclair State University and became highly qualified
in middle school science.  I have taught all levels of elementary and middle school
science.
 
This past summer was full of many joy-filled moments! My wonderful husband
and I became grandparents!  Our daughter, Mary, and her husband, Juan welcomed
Lorenzo John on July 6, 2021!  Lorenzo has truly stolen our hearts!  On June 24, 2021,
our son, Andrew, and his wife, Stephanie, finally were able to celebrate their wedded
union without COVID restrictions!  It was an amazing, blessed, and beautiful day for our
family!  They now have two anniversaries - July 9, 2020 and June 24, 2021.
 
Darby, is now 18 months old and is still an energetic "super mutt".  Yet, she received
puppy training this summer and is learning to be a well-behaved companion.  In August
my beloved husband and I celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary!  God's blessings
are abundant, and I humbly give Him thanks and praise daily for my family, dear friends,
and the Academy of Our Lady community.  As always, I look forward to creating an engaging, 
enriching and Christ-centered learning environment for all my students this new school year!