Welcome Incoming Students!
I am looking forward to meeting everyone on September 8th!
About Me (Professional):
- This will be my eighth year teaching 5th grade at Thornell Road.
- I earned my undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University at Buffalo.
- I worked for several years at Paychex before choosing to return to school and pursue a profession in education.
- I earned my graduate degree in Childhood and Special Education from Nazareth College.
- Prior to being hired full time, I held several long term substitute positions in the Pittsford school district, as well as substitute teaching in Brighton and Victor.
About Me (Personal):
- I live in Henrietta with my wife Casey, our sons Kieran (age 3) and Logan (age 1), and our yellow lab Maggie (age 4).
- I enjoy outdoor activities, such as playing in a summer softball league and hiking the Adirondack high peaks!
- I started hiking nine years ago and have completed Esther, Colden, Whiteface, Dix, Hough, Grace Peak (formerly known as East Dix), South Dix, Macomb, Marshall, Skylight, and Gray. When I hiked my first high peak I wasn't planning on becoming a 46er, but we will see what happens in the coming years.
For the Parents:
I am looking forward to working not only with your children this year, but also you! If you have a question, please don't hesitate to ask me as I highly value open communication and cooperation. Last year parents mainly communicated with me through notes, emails, phone calls, and meetings. Once we get your children set up with Microsoft Teams, I strongly recommend having your child show you their student view, so you know where their assignments are posted, as well as copies of handouts. While we want to guide students towards independence, I have found that having parents check in with student progress from time to time is helpful. In years past, we used to use another program with more parent options, but the district is looking for a universal approach, asking that we all use Microsoft Teams this year. I am sure it will work well, but there are not the same parent functionalities, which is why you will need to ask your children to log in or share their login information with you, if you would like to check in on their assignment progress.
Please note: Homework postings will occur on Microsoft Teams after we get the class set up in the coming weeks. You will receive important handouts every Friday in your children's Friday Folder.
Please also note the following.
- Parent signatures in agenda for 2 weeks, then no longer required. If a student misses a day then the 2 weeks resets. This is to help students get back into the school routine after the summer.
- Signatures in Friday folder for full year.
- Please sign up for parent/teacher/student conferences on Sign Up Genius.
- If interested, please sign up for parent volunteer coordinator, and/or party sign up on, also on Sign Up Genius.
Here's to a great year!
Reading Journal Prompts
In case you forget your Reading Journal at school, here are the different writing prompts so you can still complete your assignment. Try to remember which ones you've already answered so you can respond to a new prompt. Thank you!