Ms. Coelho grew up in Lakeville with her parents and younger sister. As a young child she played softball. She also swam competitively for the swim team. She went to Apponequet Regional High School and after graduating went onto Rhode Island College where she majored in Elementary and Special Ed. Ms. Coelho graduated in May of 2014 and went on to work for New Bedford Public Schools as a special education teacher for three years.
Why did you choose the Alma team?
When I walked in for my interview, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It was clear that the staff is extremely dedicated to student success and getting these children to where they need to be. I love how everyone works as a team and how supportive everyone is to each other. It’s a great work environment as well as learning community for staff and scholars.
What do you hope to contribute to Alma?
I hope to contribute my experience thus far as a teacher as well as bring new ideas to the school.
What is your top goal during your first year with Alma?
My goal is to make a difference in a scholar’s life, whether it is socially or academically. I want scholars to know that they can always depend on me.
What teacher made a difference in your life — how?
The teacher that made a difference in my life was my fourth grade teacher Ms. Salamone. She is definitely the reason I chose to go into education and become a teacher. She encouraged her students each and every day to do their best by making the lessons challenging yet attainable for all students. She was upbeat and showed her students how much she truly cared about them. Her dedication to teaching and her students made me realize I wanted to be that kind of teacher. I wanted to be a teacher that made a difference in someone’s life, a teacher that a student can look up too.
Why did you become involved in education?
I chose to become a teacher because it has always been a passion of mine. When I was younger I would play school with the neighborhood children and I was always the teacher. I wanted to inspire students to reach their full potential academically.
Where did you go to college? What did you like about your college?
I went to Rhode Island College. One thing I liked about RIC was the events that were held on campus were fun and a great opportunity to meet new people.
Where is your favorite place?
My favorite place is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I have been traveling there for years and truly enjoy visiting each and every time. I love the clear blue water and the beautiful beaches.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is chicken parmesan. It’s my go to choice at any restaurant!