Second Grade Team

Second Grade is an academically rigorous year. There are many advances that occur in learning during this important year. In math, the children need to develop a strong understanding of place value in order to build a strong foundation for future skills. They go from working with numbers within tens, to hundreds and thousands, to beginning multiplication. Young readers really take off in second grade. Comprehension for material read and fluency for meaning become paramount to building an understanding of text read. In writing, second graders go from writing one page ideas about self to several page narratives, opinion pieces that have a clear focus and research reports, as well as, science lab reports. This is an extremely important year for children to develop independence and responsibility for their own learning. There is so much to learn and do in second grade….your young learners are off on the fantastic adventure called second grade!

Gina Dyer

This is Gina's second year as a Paraeducator in the 3rd grade at Academy School. Prior to working at Academy, Gina worked as a Special Education Paraeducator in the Hinsdale School district and has worked in several other elementary schools in the area.Gina's passion is children! She believes every child has unique gifts as well as unique learning styles. She strives to help each child unlock their individual possibilities.Gina's goal is to build lifelong relationships with her students and let them know they are valued.She is always looking forward to meeting new students. about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Wendy Cusimano

Wendy Cusimano graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003 with a Bachelor's in English, then in 2004 with a Master in Elementary Education. She has been teaching at Academy school since 2005 in variety of roles, including multiage classrooms, first grade academic support teacher and now second grade classroom teacher. Wendy likes to incorporate crafts, hands on materials and rich literature with each subject studied.

Jean Schultz

Jean Schultz has been teaching at Academy School since 1999 in a variety of roles including multiage teacher grades 1-3, academic support teacher in grade 1 and for the last several years, second grade teacher. She went to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine where she received her Bachelor's Degree and to the Union Institute and University for her Master's Degree in Education. Jean enjoys using technology to enhance the learning of her students and working with her second grade team to set goals for optimum learning.

Liz Casarella

Liz Casarella received her Bachelor's Degree from Plymouth State University and her Masters Degree in Education from Antioch University New England. Before switching into the classroom, Liz taught outdoor and environmental education in New Hampshire, Colorado, Wyoming and Alaska as well as in a small community in India. Liz has been teaching second grade at Academy since 2013. She brings a love of nature and experiential learning into her teaching.

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