As the daughter of an Army Lieutenant Colonel, my family moved frequently. I lived in 8 places before I turned 12. My love of school was formed from all those moves – experiencing so many different entrance and exits at all times of the year exposed me to a lot of teaching styles and school cultures. Grades 6-8 are especially memorable for me because our last family move came mid-way through my 6th grade year.
I went to SUNY Geneseo for undergrad (math and art) and attended UMass Amherst for graduate school for my MEd. My first teaching job was at Framingham High School teaching Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. The school was very large; a math department of 22. I got married while I was teaching there and my husband and I decided to move to Fairport, NY to be closer to family. We both went to Geneseo and loved the Rochester area. My next job was at Pittsford Middle School in another large school. At the time it was the only middle school for the district, with about 1000 students. I taught math to students in grades 7 and 8. We had our daughter during our time here and when she was almost 2 we decided to move to Trumansburg, again to be closer to family. We’ve lived her ever since (15 years now).
We are grateful for that early life decision. Our kids have had the opportunity to grow up in a small town with both sets of grandparents right in Trumansburg (my parents moved here 2 years after we did). I took a long break from teaching to raise my kids. While home with the kids I started my business, Emoticakes and I spent countless hours as president of my kids’ nursery school parent board, as secretary for the elementary school PTO and later as secretary and president of their middle school PTO. These volunteer choices led me to get to know the workings of the school district even though I wasn’t teaching. I stayed fresh with my math by tutoring occasionally.
This is my 3rd year back in the profession. I had a soft re-entry as a long-term sub for grade 8 in 2015-2016 and again in 2017-2018 as an LTS teaching grade 7. I am grateful for those opportunities, to my colleagues both years for their amazing support and to my own children for helping me get up to speed in the classroom. And, I don’t know how I would have fared with the re-entry if it weren’t for my amazingly supportive husband. He works from home and frequently shows up for my lunch break with a freshly prepared meal!
I adore teaching 7th grade in Trumansburg. I love this little town and I think Trumansburg Middle School is a very supportive place for teachers and students.