Amy Campbell will be a Grade 4 Classroom Teacher starting this year. She worked as a Special Education teaching assistant and Project Adventure Assistant last year at Lane. Fun Fact….she is a product of the Bedford Public Schools.
Here is a brief Q and A with her:
Why did you want to become a teacher?
Pursuing a career in teaching is something that I have been certain about ever since I was a little girl. I have always had a thirst for learning and being able to share that with students is something that I am truly passionate about. I love the nature that teaching presents in that it is a never ending, continuous cycle of learning and growth for both teachers and students. I wanted to become a teacher because I want to be a part of making a difference in the life of a child. I want to help them be the creators of their own futures as they learn, discover, take chances, and achieve goals. I want to be able to share these moments with students and inspire them to be the best they can be, just as my former teachers did for me.
What excites you about coming to the Lane School?
This past year I enjoyed working at Lane School and am excited to move into a new role as a fourth grade teacher. I am most excited about working at Lane because of the sense of community and its hard working culture. Lane School feels like one big family in that there is a welcoming and positive atmosphere, making it an environment I look forward to being a part of each day. I am also greatly looking forward to working with a wonderful team of teachers, students, and parents.
What is your fondest memory of when you were in grades 3-5 as a student?
It is difficult to choose just one, however when looking back at my experiences in grades 3-5, the first thing that comes to mind is the incredible teachers I had. I grew up in Bedford, attended Lane School, and had teachers that provided me with learning experiences that have stuck with me my whole life. I especially have fond memories of Project Adventure and creating human mummies during a unit of study on the Ancient Egyptians. Although these may sound silly, I still look back on these moments with nothing but smiles and hope to create these types of memories for my students.
Tell us one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
One thing that people may be surprised to learn about me is that I have a black belt in Kenpo Karate. Karate was a huge part of my youth and although I am currently not practicing today, I still remember a move or two.
Any highlights from the summer so far?
So far this summer I have been able to enjoy some sun and work at a new program at Bedford Summer Adventures. I am also looking forward to a trip I have planned to Florida in August.
This week we hired Ms Armangau as a one of our two new grade three teachers. I did a short Q and A with her today so you can have some background on her. Gr 3 students who had “New Teacher” on their placement list, will be having Ms. Armangau.
Q: Why did you want to become a teacher?
I’ve always been working with children; I started babysitting while I was 12 years old and worked as a camp counselor throughout high school. When I first started college I knew I wanted to continue a profession that involved children, so I declared my major in child psychology since I was interested in social interactions between kids. However, during the summer of my sophomore year, I began tutoring children with disabilities and absolutely loved it. What excited me the most about teaching (and still does!) is seeing children’s expressions when they finally understand a concept and they feel successful! Their self-esteem rises, they are thrilled with the rewards of their hard work, and they are motivated to continue learning. My goal became to help all students achieve this level of comfort and excitement by finding topics that will get them eager to work. After that summer, I switched my major to elementary education and never looked back!
Q: What excites you about coming to Bedford?
I think that what really sets Bedford apart from other districts is the focus on using technology to be innovative and creative. Students and teachers have the liberty to create projects and use tools (such as iTouches and iPads) that are engaging for kids. In addition, these types of technologies also help develop students’ 21st century skills as they learn to collaborate, research, and publish their ideas in formats that interest them. It’s a great experience for kids to be able to learn these skills starting in elementary school since they will always be salient – in high school, and beyond. I’m excited to be able to support students as they discover how to use these tools effectively and productively!
Q: What is your favorite memory from when you were a grade 3 student?
My third grade teacher, Mrs. Chase, had our class perform a play for parents in colonial full costumes! The play was about the pilgrims and Native Americans as they first arrived in Massachusetts. Before the performance, we read many books to learn about this time period, conducted our own independent research, and visited Plymouth Plantation. It was great to act out our knowledge and show what we had learned in such an engaging way.
Q: What is one thing parents and students may be surprised to know about you?
I am an avid triathlete! A lot of my free time is spent training for races, namely olympic distance courses: 1 mile swim, 27 mile bike ride, and 10K run. This summer, I am competing in 3 different triathlons and a half marathon. (note from Mr. Ackerman- “I’m impressed!!)
Gretta Venuti is returning to the Lane School as a grade 4 teacher, working with Mrs Larrenaga. I posed a few questions to Mrs Venuti.
Why did you want to become a teacher?
Well, I guess you could say that teaching is “in my blood.” My mother was a Kindergarten teacher for 25 years. I grew up watching her do lesson plans on Sundays and helping her to prepare art projects for her class. I visited her classroom when ducks were hatching from eggs in an incubator for her farm unit. She was a great role model for me. The importance of education-teaching children and learning from children- was stressed early on in my family. So I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career working with children.
There are so many aspects of teaching that I love: it is incredibly rewarding to see how proud a student is when he/she masters a new skill or how excited a group of students can be when they get to do a very cool, hands-on science experiment. I love that a classroom is a community of learners where everyone feels valued. I have had teaching experience in Brookline, Weston, and I taught in Bedford from 1997-2004. During my years of teaching in Bedford, I was so fortunate to work with wonderful students and families; many of them are now teenagers and young adults that I enjoy seeing around town (I also feel old! I resigned in 2004 to stay at home with my young sons, with the idea that I would return to teaching at some point. It feels like now is the right time for my family and me.
Why are yo excited about returning to teach in the Bedford Schools?
I am thrilled about returning to teach in the Bedford Schools! In a way, it feels like coming “home.” I have really missed my colleagues at Lane, and I am excited to meet new faces as well. And I couldn’t ask for a nicer first year back than to work with Jenna Larrenaga, whom I job-shared with in the past; I feel extremely lucky to return to working with my old partner. It is so wonderful that I can come back to a profession that I truly love, in a place where I love to work.
Bedford is such a special place; each day students benefit from the talented, devoted professionals who work in our school system. Both as a teacher and as a parent of kids in the Bedford Schools, I really cannot say enough about our excellent school system!
What is something about you that students and parents would be surprised
to learn about you?
Some parents and students may not know that I have a son, Christopher, who will be in 4th grade in Miss Curro’s class. So, at our house, we joke that both Christopher and I are going to be in 4th grade!!