Meet Ms. Prego: Fourth Grade Co-Teacher

This is a picture of me and my friends, Joe and Thomas, after we hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado!

This is a picture of me and my friends, Joe and Thomas, after we hiked to the top of Mt. Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado!

Ms. Prego grew up in Medfield, MA and went to public school until high school, when she attended Ursuline Academy. She spent a lot of time at sports practice for things like track, soccer and rowing. Ms. Prego has three younger sisters and two silly dogs. She lived and taught in Denver, CO for the past three years.

Why did you choose the Alma team?

I wanted to join the Alma team because I really liked the sense of energy and passion I felt when I visited, and even just checked out the website. This crew seems like a team that really strives to bring its mission to life, rather than it just being words on a page. I wanted to be a part of that! An added bonus is the school is close to home!

What do you hope to contribute to Alma? 

My hope is that I can add to the already vibrant joy that is Alma, and I really like teaching expeditions. I’m hoping I can bring my experience with expedition work to strengthen what Alma already has in place.

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

My biggest goal for my first year to is to establish consistent and open communication with parents, and to strengthen my differentiation strategies in the classroom.

What teacher made a difference in your life — how? 

My sophomore year English teacher had a huge impact on me. I remember after I went to get feedback on a paper she asked me something along the lines of, “are you satisfied?” I think I shrugged, as high schoolers tend to do. She replied, “Well I think you’re a beautiful writer, but this doesn’t reflect that yet.” After that conversation I spent a lot more time on writing, something I always loved, but wasn’t really confident in. She empowered me to work harder.

Why did you become involved in education?

I stumbled into education during my senior year of college. I met these teachers who were so passionate and joyful about their profession and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I wanted to be as invigorated as these people. I applied to a two year teaching fellowship and after my first year I was so excited to start the next year. I haven’t lost that excitement. Now, I want to stay in education because it’s a crucial part of change. We need to guide our students and teachers to use their voices and be leaders in their communities. That empowerment happens at home and in the classroom, so I want to be a part of making sure that happens. We really need confident leaders today.

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

I went to the University of Notre Dame. I think what I liked most about ND is that it forced me to question things and take different perspectives. It also forced me to become a really resilient football fan, because our team tends to lose in really big games.

What is your favorite place? 

My favorite place is at the top of a hike, my current favorite is the top of Mt. Huron in Colorado. You can see everything and it’s pretty humbling.

What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan or Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling depending on the day.

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