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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