Hello!  My name is Mrs. Nolen, and I want to welcome you to my third grade classroom!  I am looking forward to the start of the 2019-2020 school year and meeting all of my incoming third graders.  This will be my seventh year teaching third grade at FTE.  

    I am extremely excited to welcome Mr. Koudela to Room 120; he will be taking over the classroom when I go on maternity leave towards the end of September.  He'll be in for me for the rest of the school year once I go on leave.  Please make sure to visit his link on my website in order to learn more about him.  

    When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending free time with my husband and our son, Everett.  Everett turned three in July, and he keeps us on our toes!  Over the summer, we had fun visiting some local destinations such as Knoebels Amusement Park, Penn's Cave, and Bald Eagle State Park.  We also traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to spend a day at the National Aquarium.  

    My husband and I are always busy with home renovations, and I enjoy the process of giving new life to old homes and furniture.  Another hobby of mine is table tennis.  In college, I started a table tennis club, and I continue to play when I can.  I also like to read, watch movies, travel, sew, play board games, spend time with my family and friends, and experience new adventures. Some of my favorite places that I’ve visited are The Grand Canyon, France, England, Scotland, and Ireland. 

    I also like being active outside whether I’m walking, hiking, playing tennis, or discovering a new town or city.  With my love for nature, I am very passionate about taking care of our environment; I do what I can to reduce my “environmental footprint,” and I incorporate eco-friendly practices into my classroom as well.  Last summer, I completed my Master’s Degree in Environmental Education, and I've learned so much about environmental practices through my graduate work.  I also look forward to our third year of the Environmental Club and hope you'll join us!  

    If you have any questions for me, feel free to ask!

    A Few of My Favorite Things:

    Books:  The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

               The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

    Sports:  Tennis and Table Tennis

    Dessert:  Chocolate cream pie with graham cracker crust

    Vacation Spots:  Big Moose Lake in the Adirondack Mountains (New York) and Virginia Beach

    Season: fall

    Gameshow:  Family Feud

    Color: purple