I have been teaching in Sarasota County since 1988. After a year in Kindergarten I was ‘promoted’ to the wonderful world of 1st grade and have been here ever since! Originally from Connecticut, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University before relocating to Florida. I have a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education from Ave Maria University. My certifications are in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I am ESOL endorsed. I pride myself in developing a classroom community rich with cooperative learning in a structured yet flexible environment. My students feel respected which allows them to thrive in a nurturing, loving atmosphere. Classroom expectations are well defined which provides the opportunity for all students to maximize their learning gains and reach their highest potential. I have been married to my wonderful husband, David, for 35 years and we have four amazing children; three daughters, Kaitlin (married to Kent and an Elementary Reading Coach in Polk County), Korinne, and Keleigh, and one son, Kiernan; ranging in age from 26 to 32. I am known as Mimi to my 2 grandchildren - Elliette, 3, and Emmett, 3 months. Our chihuahuas, Jack and Miley, rule the house! When I have spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and going to the beach.