I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was in elementary school. I started by setting up a classroom in the basement of my home at the New Jersey shore. When I completed high school I studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Science. After I graduated, I became a first grade teacher for three years and a second grade teacher for two. Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and how children learn through play was a foundation in my philosophy of education.
When I became a mother, I took time off to raise my three beautiful children. I continued to be involved in education by volunteering, and became a paraprofessional for three years. I am currently a kindergarten teacher in Springfield with a preliminary license.
A good friend of mine told me about the wonderful M.A.T. program at Mount Holyoke College. She said the Directors work with you to develop a program that is exciting and useful. I know first-hand that I am not just a number, but a person. My advisor, Catherine Swift, has helped me to develop a program of study that works with my busy schedule and she is always willing to answer any questions that I have. I completed my M.A.T. at Mount Holyoke and enjoyed working with the dedicated professors who truly have my needs in mind.