Education for me was a natural path that I knew I would always choose. I come from a family of educators so I never really thought to do anything else. I began my journey at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as an Elementary Education and English double major. After finishing my student teaching, I was hired in Deerfield to finish the year as an Instructional Assistant for a little boy with brain cancer. I was fortunate to get a teaching job the falling fall in Spencer as a third grade teacher. This was my first introduction to mentoring – in that I didn’t have one. I was the first new hire in over five years, so I often found myself lost and always asking for clarification. During my five years in Spencer, I pursued my Masters’ degree in Special Education and went through the MESPA Administration program. I then became a Team Chairperson for a year, and then a principal. I was a principal of two different PreK-6 buildings for five years before my journey brought me to Millbury.
I have been in Millbury for the last eight years. The first four as a principal of the Raymond E. Shaw School, grades four to six. The most recent four years as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. In my current role, I am responsible for New Teacher Induction, the Induction program for all new teachers, and am in charge of the district Mentoring program.