This will be my 14th year of teaching! I attended Penn State University before beginning my career in the State College Area School District. I taught 2nd grade my first year, and then I have been in 1st grade ever since. In the 2012-2013 school year I spent the second half of the year working as an Instructional Coach in the district. In that position I worked with other teachers in the district on their instructional practices. My husband, Mr. Tranell teaches 6th grade at Park Forest Middle School. We have three young boys.
Mrs. Russell is our classroom paraprofessional. She has worked with me ever since I started teaching 1st grade. Before we began working together she spent several years in another first grade classroom as well.
Miss Lewis is an education major at Penn State. This year she will be part of our classroom for the entire year as she completes her student teaching requirements. Miss Lewis loves to read and write, and she can't wait to help our class love reading and writing too!