Welcome to Kindergarten... Room 137!
Our Room: Room 137 is home to 21 students, who are eager, energized and engaged everyday of the school year!
My students are supported by many special personnel, starting with the classroom mascot:
Clifford, the Big Red Dog!
He teaches us how to...
... be a STAR (Show Kindness,Take Responsibility,Act Safely & Respect Everyone!) and
... how to show resilience: Get Grit, Don't Quit (a personal favorite of our school principal, Dr Dishong).
Celebrating his 58th birthday this year, Clifford still, after all these years, educates and entertains children of all ages. (Not to mention "Clifford the Big, Red Dog" just happens to be the the nickname of a Happy Valley's own PSU quarterback, Sean Clifford...)
Go State!The instructional team would not be complete without our paraprofessional, Andrea Harman. Mrs Harman has been an integral part of our team, since Fall of 2017. She supports instruction, lunch/recess breaks and as a result of the pandemic: masking, distancing and hand sanitizing (thank you Andrea!).This year, our team also includes a Penn State Elementary Education student teacher, Kaitlyn Conti. In spring 2021, Miss Conti began her practicum experience in our room as a 2x/week remote educator. She has a positive spirit that supports our responsive, learning environment. We are excited to have Kaitlyn returning this Fall as a full-time, in-person student teacher.Finally, Room 137 is also home to additional support personnel, from Special Education paraprofessionals and Penn State Nittany Lion Read volunteers to retired SCASD teachers. This year, as we follow the 2021-22 health and safety guidelines, some or all of these supports may be in place. The safety of our school community is first and foremost, but when we are able to enhance learning and decrease teacher-student ratios, everyone benefits!