At 5 years old, I would sit in my bedroom and plan wonderful lessons and talk to my stuffed animals as if they were my students. I will never forget the day my mother knocked on my bedroom door and said, "Heather, who are you talking to?" I replied with, "My class." I wanted to be a teacher from day one.
My entire life was filled with children, my mother worked at a nursery school and I was always the helper. I babysat from a very young age and always was surrounded by younger friends and family members.
When I graduated high school in 2004, it was no surprise that I would be attending Southern Connecticut State University to earn my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I studied at SCSU for 5 years graduating in 2009. I earned a bachelor of science in Elementary Education to teach grades K-6. I also earned a second bachelor of arts by having 2 minors, one in Pyschology and one in Wellness.
I later decided to go back to college to earn my Master's degree. I began my studies in 2011 and graduated in 2013 with my masters in Reading.
My first adventure in teaching began as a Prekindergarten teacher. I taught 4 year olds skills they needed to enter kindergarten in Ansonia. As much as I loved the little ones, I was given an opportunity to expand my horizons so I took it, willing to learn more. I became a Tutor in the Shelton school district working with 5, 6 and 7th graders. I primarily worked with students struggling to read, do math and also with special needs students. I later became a long term 4th grade teacher for a teacher who was out on maternity leave. It was then that I became a 4th grade teacher in Waterbury in 2013.
I feel so lucky and honored to be able to teach 4th grade here at Washington School. For me this age is so fun and exciting. Students are growing into themselves, they are maturing and they have the drive to want to learn new fun and exciting things.