This is my 28th year of teaching - wow! I have been in Pittsford for 18 years. Previously I taught in the Ithaca City Schools, Brockport's Hill School and Cobbles School in Penfield. All but 4 of those 27 years have been in fourth grade - I LOVE fourth grade!! I hold a BS Fine Arts with a Music Concentration from Nazareth College and a MS in Education from SUNY Cortland. I am also a certified reading teacher. I love teaching because each day is a new day with so many wonderful things for us to explore together. My students quickly figure out that while I love all of what I teach, reading great books and social studies are my favorites.
I love spending time with my family. There is my husband, Dr. Oliver, who is a scientist at the Laboratory of Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester. We have two children; Brady is 21 with a degree in Engineering sciences, but he is now trying his hand at the culinary arts, while Marcy is 19 and a Sophomore at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. When we're not busy, we enjoy hot air ballooning. That is our balloon up above. It's name is Up-C-Dazey because the colors go up one side, and down the other. You can see us flying in the Conesus Lake area and at area festivals like the New York State Festival of Balloons in Dansville. Dr. Oliver is the pilot; I drive the chase vehicle. We also like to go boating, four-wheeling and to hang out at our new home in the country in Canandaigua. And I can't forget to tell you about our four-footed family members - first there are Ginny and Daisy. They are mini-doxies who love to eat, bark and cuddle (in that order). Then we have our new puppy, Bailee, who is a Golden Retriever. She likes to chew. Anything. All the time. She is a ball of energy!
1. I am the 10th great-granddaughter of Susannah Martin who was killed as a witch in Salem.
2. I started out at SUNY Fredonia to be a music teacher. Can you guess what instrument I play?
3. I am from Canisteo, New York, which is the home of the World Famous Living Sign. Have you seen it?