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Early Years :

Growing up in Branford, CT, my K-8 education was at St. Mary School.  From there, I ventured on to Sacred Heart Academy  in Hamden, CT. 

College Years: 

My undergraduate work was completed at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology/Special Education with a dual certification in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-8.  My graduate work was completed at Southern Connecticut State University with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. 

Continuing Education: 

I've begun my sixth year work at SCSU focusing on English and Secondary Education 7-12.  Learning is my passion, and I intend to keep going!


North Haven has been my "home" for teaching for many years!

  • 1999-2006 Montowese Elementary School, Grade 4
  • 2006-2015 Ridge Road Elementary School, Grade 5
  • 2015-present North Haven Middle School, Grade 6 Language Arts


Family, friends, my career, and beach days fill my heart with the most joy!  I love to laugh, smile, and be in the company of others.

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While growing up, the best way to express my feelings was through writing or simply connecting to a similar experience from a character in a book.  My passion has always been to embrace thoughts, actions, and words and use them in a positive light that can shine on to others.

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I have some quirks about me too!  I am a gum-chewer, collect elephants with their trunks up for good luck, and eat french fries whenever I can.  Anything that is sugary and sweet, like chocolate and Starburst, are usually found nearby.  I enjoy watching sports, particularly the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, and Dallas Cowboys.

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My husband, Steve, grew up in North Haven and attended Montowese, NHMS, and NHHS. We have two beautiful girls named Gianna and Mikayla.