Meet Ms. Dooher: Art Co-Teacher

 

Checking out the video installation at an art show

Checking out the video installation at an art show 

Elizabeth Dooher is an art educator and sculptor.  Elizabeth grew up North of Boston in Melrose, MA.  Elizabeth graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH where she studied Studio Art and Psychology.  She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture in 2002 from The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (UMass).  After many years of teaching art at the college level, Elizabeth returned to UMass to pursue a Masters of Art Education.  Most recently Elizabeth taught art Hayden McFadden Elementary School in New Bedford.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I know Alma is special place.  Scholars are seen both as individuals, with unique strengths and challenges and as crew members, who are accountable to their crew.  Each scholar is expected to contribute their strengths to the crew and to learn from their crewmates.  This idea of nurturing the individual so they can be their best and share their best aligns with both my teaching and living philosophies.   

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute my passion for art and art making to Alma.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal during my first year with Alma is to engage students in the art making process and to help scholars transfer their learning across subject areas.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

I have been incredibly lucky to have had many wonderful teachers throughout my education!  However, my perceptive first-grade teacher, Mrs. Newlander, really shaped my school experience for the best.  Mrs. Newlander spotted my mild dyslexia and suggested that my parents make letter flashcards out of sandpaper.  I believe that this early opportunity to learn through touch and movement allowed me to capitalize on my strengths.   It helped me to discover that learning can happen in many modes.  Furthermore, it led me to discover art making not just as a means of expression but as a way of learning.  

Why did you become involved in education?

Helping to foster children’s natural curiosity and develop critical thinking skills is a privilege. I became involved in education because education is a powerful force that can help shape our world for the better.  

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to college at The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH.  The College of Wooster has a wonderful capstone program called Independent Study.  Independent Study requires that each scholar design a year-long project tackling an area of inquiry within their major. Scholars do research, conduct studies and create a body of work.    This opportunity gives scholars the chance to immerse themselves in a project of their own design with the support and guidance of the school’s faculty.

 

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist is Anish Kapoor.  His work gently plays with perception; how we see and interpret what we see.  I encountered his work when I was a college student and was drawn to the rich colors and subtle movements of his sculptures.  I had an AHA moment when standing in front of one his sculptures and realized if art can change an individual it can change the world!

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod.  I love the vastness of the ocean and the traces of movement the ocean leaves behind in the sand.  

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Meet Ms. Meyer: Academic Dean and Lead Teacher

Hiking in Bergen, Norway during my year of travel - I love a good mountaintop breeze!

Hiking in Bergen, Norway during my year of travel – I love a good mountaintop breeze!

Ms. Meyer grew up in Randolph, Vermont, gaining a deep appreciation for the value of community and service in the close-knit small town. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Colby College before moving to Marvell, Arkansas as a Teach For America corps member teaching Biology and Chemistry. Ms. Meyer then moved to Boston and continued teaching Biology and Chemistry at The Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter Public School. After earning her M.Ed. in School Leadership from Harvard University, Ms. Meyer returned to Vermont, serving as Principal of Calais Elementary School. Most recently, Ms. Meyer took a year to travel and spend a little more time with family.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose Alma because of the happiness and purpose I saw in classrooms when visiting. I also have a strong commitment to community service and developing citizenship, so Alma’s mission of creating service-minded leaders was an especially good fit. Finally, I am really excited about my specific role as it holds the opportunity to dig into teaching and learning in the primary grades – I know I can learn volumes from the work of Alma crews past and present.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute positivity and a humble, fresh set of eyes.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal for my first year at Alma is to form positive, individual relationships with scholars, families, and colleagues while also deepening my knowledge of curriculum and instruction in the primary grades.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Two high school teachers: Mr. Ennis, Social Studies, and Mr. Brukardt, Biology, taught me to put forth my very best effort to learn as much and think as deeply as possible. Through individual conversations and rigorous coursework, they pushed me to research challenging, complex topics, to learn from and draw connections among a variety of sources, and to focus on working to do my best rather than working to get good grades.

Why did you become involved in education?

I suppose I first got involved in education when I became a mentor at the age of 14. At that age, I already recognized that educational opportunities and outcomes were not equal for all children and I thought that becoming a mentor might help at least one child get a leg up. I always knew my career would be about making the world a better place for children and, with college graduation looming, I decided Teach For America would be a great way to serve a new community and see if education was the right arena for me. Ten years later, the education shoe still fits!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Colby College in Waterville, Maine. I loved everything about my college, especially the relationships with professors and classmates that the small classes facilitated. I also really appreciated the volunteer opportunities we had in Waterville and the increasing efforts of the college to partner with the former mill town.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is cold cereal. If it were a healthy plan, I would eat cereal for every meal.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is my family’s camp on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. I have many great childhood memories of misadventures with my cousins in a pretty magical place. Even as an adult, it doesn’t quite feel like summer until I’ve gone for an early morning kayak with the seals, picked blueberries on a hike in Acadia National Park, and dug for clams by the dock.

 

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Meet Mr. Richardson: Kindergarten Academic Fellow

Hanging out with Deven Marrero from The Boston Red Sox who was visiting The Base Astros organization in Roxbury.

Hanging out with Deven Marrero from The Boston Red Sox who was visiting The Base Astros organization in Roxbury.

Mr. Richardson was born on the Friendly Island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Information Science and a Masters Degree in Managerial Technology from Johnson & Wales University. Mr. Richardson also finished all courses for his Master’s Degree in Special Education from American International College and is in the process of obtaining his teaching license. Mr. Richardson coaches baseball for The Base Astros from Roxbury MA and takes pictures for the organization.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose the Alma team because I am looking for an opportunity to have a voice in helping scholars grow to their fullest potential in obtaining their short and long term goals.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I will work diligently every year to provide the best education possible to our scholars by helping them improve socially and academically. I will also think about my colleagues and contribute positively to their teaching, experiences, and attitudes which will help me improve not only as a teacher but also as a person.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My goal during the first year with Alma is to inspire scholars to do their best work and take pride in their accomplishments.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My high school math teacher made a difference in my life because he helped me realized that it was ok to fail but you must maintain a positive attitude and continue to find ways to get better. It will be worth it.

Why did you become involved in education?

I became involved in education because I love empowering people young and old to work hard towards their goal and have fun doing it. When you have fun that is when the learning and retaining information begins.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to college at Johnson & Wales University and American International College. I liked college for the knowledge, skills, and experience.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is St.Maarten.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is chicken with rice and beans.

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Meet Ms. Robledo: ESL Teacher

Pic1Ms. Robledo was born and raised in Southern California and lived in Central California during middle and high school. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education. During college, Ms. Robledo worked as an Academic Counselor helping high school students apply to college/scholarships and leading workshops around their pursuit of a higher education. After graduating, she moved back to Southern California and worked as a Site Supervisor in an after school program in an elementary school. Ms. Robledo’s hobbies include exploring different places/traveling and finding great places to eat!

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I’m excited about joining the Alma team because of the high expectations the school sets for all students. I believe that if the bar is raised high for all students, it can be reached and I want to be part of a school that has a permanently raised academic bar. I am also excited about joining the tight-knit community found in the school!

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I am thrilled to be an ESL teacher because I am hoping to contribute my background of being an English Language Learner myself. I struggled to learn English in elementary school and still remember how helpful it was to have teachers who shared a similar background as my own. I also remember how much I struggled when teachers were not patient for me to learn the language, so I cannot wait to contribute all of my lived experiences with other students!
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal during my first year with Alma will be to build relationships with students and staff. I hope to first and foremost form trustworthy relationships with all of my students and ensure that I am a support system they can seek out inside or outside of school. It is also one of my goals to build strong relationships with teachers because I know I can learn a lot from teachers with a lot of experience.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Batson, has been one of the most impactful role models in my life to this day. My parents always pushed me to go to college but as a first-generation college student, they were unable to help me in my pursuit of a higher education. Mrs.Batson invited me to her classroom during lunchtime and after school and she helped me research colleges and pushed me to apply to schools I would have never thought of applying to on my own. She helped me write my college essays and had me rewrite them completely when she thought that I was capable of writing a better one. Mrs.Batson not only pushed me to challenge myself but continued to support me while I was struggling with homesickness and stress in college. She is the type of teacher I aspire to be!

Why did you become involved in education?

I grew up in a small, 1-bedroom apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood. My parents have always lived paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet. They were only able to receive an elementary level education in Mexico and therefore always pushed my three siblings and me to do well in school so we could work with our brains and not with our backs. Since I was a young girl, I have wanted to make their sacrifices worthy by reaching their dreams of having college educated children. Because I always attended underprivileged schools in K-12, the resources necessary to apply and prepare for college were scarce. However, I had a handful of teachers who believed in me more than I believed in myself and really pushed me to succeed academically so that I could one day be a college graduate. Now that I have received my Bachelor’s degree, I want to give back to communities similar to the ones I grew up in and help other students the way my teachers have helped me.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to UC Berkeley and my favorite thing about my campus was getting to know so many different people from diverse backgrounds. Berkeley was where I learned to be independent and where I learned survival skills (like cooking!) and I will always be grateful for that.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Disneyland! I try to go once a year during the holidays (I love everything Disney).

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is authentic, home cooked Mexican food-I love cooking with family and friends, especially during the holidays.

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Meet Ms. Stanford: Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Visiting Platform 9 3/4 in London

Visiting Platform 9 3/4 in London

Ms. Stanford grew up in upstate New York with her parents, younger brother, and younger sister. She loved school and went to college at the University of Vermont. She double-majored in Religion and Asian Studies. Ms. Stanford studied abroad in Japan her junior year, and after graduating, returned to Japan to teach elementary and middle school English through the JET Programme for two years. Upon returning to the U.S, she worked in an independent book store and read as many books as possible. She then moved to Boston and worked at Match Community Day Charter School while enrolled in the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education. This is her second year in the master’s program, and she’s so excited to continue her teaching journey at Alma del Mar!

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose to join the Alma team because there is a joy present there that I wanted forefront in my workplace, and in the educational experiences of my scholars. I love that Alma is a K-8 school, and I can’t wait to see kids of all ages learning in this supportive, challenging, and loving environment. Alma seems like a place where teachers and scholars alike push each other to grow, and I can’t wait to be a part of it all!

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope I can add considerable amounts of the J factor to people’s lives at Alma. As a first year teacher, I know I’m going to be asking a lot of my Alma team. In return, I hope I can offer love, support, and laughs to whoever needs it!

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

To grow as an educator.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My 8th-grade teacher had a huge impact on me as a student and as an educator. She was my math teacher for four years and really taught me to love the struggle of learning something new. As my 8th-grade homeroom teacher, she taught me about being a role model to younger students, embracing my role as a leader of the school, and exploring new parts of myself. I hope to embody her trust in her students and her ability to excite kids over learning as I grow into my teacher skin.

Why did you become involved in education?

I had an incredible elementary school experience growing up, attending a small Catholic school with a very tight community. My family had many wonderful friendships from that school, with parents and teachers alike, and I had similarly powerful relationships with many of my teachers. Such a positive experience early on has always made me consider teaching as a possible career. When I moved to Japan, I worked with simply incredible teachers who played an incredible role in the lives of the children they taught and the town we lived in. Seeing how they all worked so hard and strived to better themselves as educators to enrich the lives of their children, absolutely lit a fire in me. Teachers occupy such an important place in society and the lives of children…It’s terrifying to think of the responsibility, but also incredibly inspiring. I’ve still got a long way to go in my growth as an educator, but I’m excited to take that journey!

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to college at the University of Vermont. I loved my college because it was big enough that I was always meeting new people but small enough where I felt like a part of a distinct community. I loved being part of a tiny academic department and playing in the pep band to support all the sports teams. I loved the friends I made and the way college expanded my world view beyond anything I’d considered before!

What is your favorite book?

Reading is my absolute favorite thing to do! My favorite author is Tamora Pierce.
What is your favorite place?

My favorite place in the world is Japan!

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Meet Mr. Jensen: 8th Grade Lead Teacher

Pedaling the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Summer 2017

Pedaling the Trans-Ecuador Mountain Bike Route, Summer 2017

Mr. Jensen grew up outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Curtis holds a BA in English from the University of Utah, and an MFA in Poetry from the Creative Writing Program at Brooklyn College CUNY. He has taught in classrooms ranging from 2nd grade through secondary and post secondary levels, instructing Language Arts, Geography, Creative Writing, and English as a Foreign Language. Prior to joining the faculty of Alma del Mar as a Lead Teacher, Mr. Jensen has worked as a volunteer teacher in Xi’an, China; a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zaliztsi, Ukraine; an Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York as well as at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah; a Geography and Creative Writing Teacher at South Davis Jr. High in Bountiful, Utah; English Teacher at Koliganek School in Koliganek, Alaska; and English Teacher at Sand Point School in Sand Point Alaska. In his spare time, Mr. Jensen enjoys traveling by bicycle with his wife Sarah, goofing off outside with their puppy Marvin, reading, writing, cooking and eating.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose the Alma team because scholars come first at Alma Del Mar. Scholar-centered, high-quality instruction is the norm at Alma, and I am excited to join a team that makes learning at such high levels happen every day.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to help the scholars at Alma grow as writers, readers, and global citizens. I am psyched to join the Alma team and help build the faculty culture as well as share my teaching experience.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal in my first year at Alma is to help the scholars achieve significant growth in their writing and reading skills while having a blast learning, reading and writing together about interesting stuff in my classroom.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Mr. Navidomskis, the World History and Current Issues teacher at Davis High School made a difference in my life–he taught me that the world is best experienced in person, and that teaching is meaningful and can (and should) enact positive social change.

Why did you become involved in education?

I am a teacher because teaching can empower scholars to positively affect the world. Also, as a teacher, I learn every day I am on the job, especially from the scholars themselves. On top of that, working in a classroom is a blast: I love teaching and working to improve my instructional skills.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I completed undergraduate studies at the University of Utah, and graduate studies at Brooklyn College, a school in the City University of New York. At both schools what I liked most was the pace and breadth of learning. I loved reading and writing widely about a wide range of subjects, and at the end of each semester, I was always psyched at how much I had learned and done.

What is your favorite place?

Rather than 1 specific location, I think my favorite place is traveling by bicycle someplace new with my wife Sarah. Nothing beats a good bike trip, and nothing beats a good bike trip with Sarah, traveling with her is the best!

What is your favorite food?

Likewise, checking out new foods in new places is awesome–I like just about every kind of food out there, and trying out some sort of new, strange dish is an excellent way to wrap up a long day of pedaling the bike.

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Meet Ms. Tatarian: 7th Grade Lead Teacher

 

 

Ms. Tatarian loves spending time outdoors and biking. In this picture, she had taken a 6.5 mile bike ride to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT, where she sat by the beach before her ride home. If you look closely, you can see downtown New Haven in the background!

Ms. Tatarian loves spending time outdoors and biking. In this picture, she had taken a 6.5 mile bike ride to Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT, where she sat by the beach before her ride home. If you look closely, you can see downtown New Haven in the background!

Ms. Tatarian grew up in Lakeville, Massachusetts with her parents and younger sister. She attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, where she graduated with a degree in Biology in 2013. After graduating from Wesleyan, Ms. Tatarian interned in a lab studying bees in New Haven, CT for two summers, while also working as a Math tutor in a learning center. Eventually, Ms. Tatarian began teaching Math in New Haven, focusing largely on providing online learning assistance and small-group interventions to scholars. In her free time, she enjoys singing in a choir, cooking, biking, and spending time outdoors. Ms. Tatarian is excited to move back to Massachusetts to be closer to her family and to join the New Bedford community.

 

 

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose the Alma team because Alma’s values align with my own. The sense of positivity and joy throughout the school and the level of expectations to which scholars are held are impressive.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute a love of learning and a sense of growth mindset—that we all can and will learn and grow every day with hard work, despite any challenges that arise.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goals during my first year are to build strong relationships with scholars and to maintain high student achievement in math.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Mrs. Denise Haskins, my high school geometry, calculus, and choir teacher, made a difference in my life by giving me opportunities to excel in every subject she taught. She recruited me to join Math Team, where we challenged ourselves with math beyond the scope of what we learned in class, and to join selective choirs both at the school and regionally. She always maintained high expectations and did not allow her students to settle for less than their best.

Why did you become involved in education?

I became involved in education because teaching (Math, especially) is what I love doing most. I also feel a responsibility to give scholars the same opportunities and experiences that I had as a student, as I was extremely fortunate to have committed and impactful teachers.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I attended college at Wesleyan University. I admire Wesleyan students’ commitment to activism and social change; the rigorous academics; the diversity of the student body; and the range of opportunities for extracurricular activities at Wesleyan. While I was at Wesleyan, I was afforded such opportunities as working in a lab studying caterpillars, playing on a club rugby team, and singing in an A cappella group!

What is your favorite place?

I tend to become pretty attached to whatever place I’m currently living in, but my absolute favorite place is San Francisco, where I interned at California Academy of Sciences one summer.

What is your favorite book?

This one is tough! I love so many kinds of music, including whatever is currently on the radio, but here are a few artists I’ve been listening to lately: Fleet Foxes, Beyonce, Lorde, and the Beatles.

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Meet Ms. Granara: Counselor

michelle2Ms. Granara grew up in Norwell, MA where she spent her free time playing lacrosse. In high school, her lacrosse team won two State Championships and Ms. Granara was named an All-American. Ms. Granara graduated from the University of Maine and attended classes at multiple campuses. Prior to coming to Alma, she was a school counselor in Worcester, MA.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose to be a part of the Alma team because I fell in love with the school the moment I stepped inside. I saw incredibly hard working students and dedicated staff all striving to create a top notch educational experience in New Bedford.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to be a resource and advocate for the students of Alma. I want to help them on their toughest days and also be there celebrate their successes as they navigate their time at Alma.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

To develop a comprehensive School Counseling program tailored to the needs of the Alma community.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My teacher Ms. Schad taught me that a dedicated educator can have a lifelong impact on both her students and her community. Although Ms. Schad started as my teacher and coach she became a trusted mentor whom I still turn to today for encouragement and guidance.

Why did you become involved in education?

I wanted to work in education so that every day I spent at work would be an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I went to Holy Cross to earn my B.A. in English with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I loved Holy Cross’s mission to teach each student to become “men and women for others.” I earned my M.A. in School Counseling at Assumption College.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is Costa Rica.

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Meet Mr. Mello: PE Co-Teacher

My brother and I do not go skiing often so when we do we make it a point to look good

My brother and I do not go skiing often so when
we do we make it a point to look good.

Mr. Mello was born and raised in the city of New Bedford, where he participated in a multitude of physical activities and sports from an early age and still tries to as much as possible. Mr. Mello went to Holy Family Holy Name Catholic School before attending Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. He was enrolled in the shop of Engineering Technology and enjoyed it quite a bit but has always had a knack for learning and helping others learn movement activities. Mr. Mello is always open to trying new things and because of that, he finds himself exploring various interests.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose the Alma team because Alma is well recognized for their success in academic achievement in the local community which I am from.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute a unique energy and passion for Physical Education, motivating each scholar to pursue the healthy, active lifestyle.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My top goal is to influence all scholars to apply their full capabilities to both new and familiar Physical Education activities.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My Engineering Technology shop teacher at New Bedford Voc Tech – Mr. Volkmann. Mr. Volkmann was one of the more impactful teachers I have had. He was very passionate about all things and had a unique way of turning, what seemed like everything,  into a lesson applicable to life. He definitely helped me to discover new interests and promote positive thinking habits, something I am very thankful for.

Why did you become involved in education?

I decided to pursue education because of the magnitude of its impact on the local community as well as the greater community. To me, education is about electrifying the youth to become lifelong learners, motivated to make a difference. I am grateful to be a part of it.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at Bridgewater State University. I personally enjoyed the wide variety of courses with interesting topics available to learn about.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. 

What is your favorite food? 

It’s tough to narrow down my favorite food because I really like everything so to chose just one I would say…Paelha.

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Meet Ms. Webster: 1st Grade Lead Teacher

Ms. Webster enjoys spending time outside and hiking. Here, she and her brother are taking a break on a hike in St. Croix

Ms. Webster enjoys spending time outside and hiking. Here, she and her brother are taking a break on a hike in St. Croix

Ms. Webster grew up by the beach in York, Maine. She attended Providence College and studied Elementary/Special Education and History. Ms. Webster recently received her Masters in Language and Literacy from Simmons College. She then moved to the Berkshires after graduation and taught first grade at a community school in Pittsfield, MA for three years. Recently, Ms.Webster relocated back to Providence and is excited to be a member of the Alma del Mar community.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I chose Alma because I believe that all students can and should be held to high academic and behavioral expectations. Alma’s emphasis on involving students in their school and the city of New Bedford also appealed to me because it supports students in becoming active members of their community. Instilling the value of service and citizenship early is critical.

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

I hope to contribute to Alma by providing students with a structured and engaging learning environment that fosters growth.

What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?

My primary goal for my first year is to create a learning environment in which students feel comfortable yet challenged and also understand their critical role in becoming compassionate citizens of their classroom, school and local community.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

Fortunately, I had a wealth of teachers who helped to foster my excitement for learning but my high school history teacher was the one who pushed me to take on different perspectives and be a more critical thinker. He maintained high expectations for all his students, but also made sure each student received the guidance and support they needed in order to succeed.

Why did you become involved in education?

As far back as I can remember, I have always known I would be a teacher. As a child and still as an adult, I have always craved knowledge and desired a deep understanding on how, why, when, where things happen. As a teacher, I am able to help my students become aware of the immense opportunities that are available to those who seek knowledge.

Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?

I attended Providence College and majored in Elementary/Special Education with a minor in History. What I loved about Providence College, aside from my dedicated professors and advisors, was the time I spent exploring the city and state of Rhode Island with my friends. For such a little state, we found plenty of amazing trails, parks and restaurants. We still try to gather and visit our favorite spots together.

What is your favorite food?

My sweet tooth is tremendous! I am on the never-ending hunt for the perfect cinnamon roll recipe.

What is your favorite place?

My favorite place is the beach. I grew up swimming in the cold Maine ocean and love exploring tide pools and kayaking.

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