I am very happy to be in my 15th year of teaching at the Lyme School; I taught Kindergarten for 7 years, 2nd Grade for 7 years and now I am teaching 1st for the year. I also taught in Kotzebue, Alaska many years ago. I received my Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of NH in 1994 after receiving my BA from UNH in Family Studies in 1992. When I am not at the Lyme School, I enjoy spending time with my family. We live in Orford, NH; my husband and I have a son, Liam (age 21) and a daughter, Shannon, (age 18). We especially love to travel together, as well as spend time outdoors, usually hiking with our dog.
ABOUT FIRST GRADE
First graders grow so much during the year. They begin the year reading simple sentences with 3-letter words, but end the year reading complex stories. Many students are not able to write a complete sentence when they enter first grade but leave writing a paragraph with a topic sentence, some details, and a closing. We spend much of the year taking numbers apart and putting them back together using number bonds. We study the First Thanksgiving and are expected to sequence the important historical facts. Our last quarter is dedicated to mapping and learning the names of the continents and oceans. We use Inquiry Science and Next Generation Science Standards to observe the phases of the moon; learn about states of matter; discover dinosaurs; and look for similarities and differences of parents and babies. Finally most of our day is spent learning to be good citizens; helpful and kind friends; and respectful students. A safe and welcoming classroom is our first priority.