Third Grade Team

Third grade is an exciting year filled with deep thinking, expansive learning, and tons of fun!  It’s a big transition year.   This is the year students begin to apply foundational skills in reading, writing, and math in order to learn about the world around them.  We are committed to fostering independence, positive peer relationships, math problem solvers, scientific thinkers, and engaged writers.

Nicole Plympton

Nicole Plympton is so excited to be teaching third grade at Academy School! This is Miss Plympton's fourth year teaching third grade. Miss Plympton graduated from Keene State College in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. She also has a Master's Degree in Special Education. Miss Plympton absolutely loves teaching and all the learning and fun she gets to have with her students. She creates a learning environment where students work as a team, and they feel comfortable to take risks. Miss Plympton loves to incorporate movement into her classroom! Outside of school, Miss Plympton loves spending time with her family and friends. She loves to run and play volleyball. Miss Plympton also loves board games and Boston sports!  

nplympton@wsesu.org

Tess Peterson

Tess Peterson is a member of the 5th grade team at Academy School. She has been a teacher for 9 years and a member of the Academy School community for the last 3. She graduated from Quinnipiac University with her bachelor's degree in psychology and her master's degree in Elementary Education.  Since 1985, Deb Hall has assumed many professional roles at Academy School including coordinator of the enrichment program for grades 4-6 and teaching in the classroom at the kindergarten, first, and second grade levels. In the years that followed, she joined a number of teams to provide academic support: grades 2, 3, 4, and 6. For the past seven years, her focus has been with the third grade team and currently is providing academic support to both third graders and kindergartners. Prior to 1985, Deb taught in northern Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and at Green Street School.

In 1975, Deb received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont with a double major in Psychology and Education. She obtained her Masters degree in Education from Fairfield University with a particular focus on the teaching of writing.

At the core of Deb's teaching is helping children appreciate their unique gifts as they work in community to develop the confidence and skills to become lifelong learners and contributors to their world. Deb is inspired, on a daily basis, by the staff at Academy School and by the children she teaches.

 

Abby Wicker

Abby Wicker is so excited to be teaching third grade at Academy School! This is Ms. Wicker's first year teaching third grade. Ms. Wicker graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Teaching Math K-8 and Teacher Leadership. Ms. Wicker loves all the learning and fun she gets to have with her students. She creates a learning environment where students work as a team, and they feel comfortable to take risks. Ms. Wicker loves to incorporate a passion of her's into her classroom, theater! Ms.Wicker loves (in no particular order) board games, Boston sports, spending time with her family and friends, reading and sewing costumes for plays.

Deb Hall

Since 1985, Deb Hall has assumed many professional roles at Academy School including coordinator of the enrichment program for grades 4-6 and teaching in the classroom at the kindergarten, first, and second grade levels. In the years that followed, she joined a number of teams to provide academic support: grades 2, 3, 4, and 6. For the past seven years, her focus has been with the third grade team and currently is providing academic support to both third graders and kindergartners. Prior to 1985, Deb taught in northern Vermont, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and at Green Street School.

In 1975, Deb received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont with a double major in Psychology and Education. She obtained her Masters degree in Education from Fairfield University with a particular focus on the teaching of writing.

At the core of Deb's teaching is helping children appreciate their unique gifts as they work in community to develop the confidence and skills to become lifelong learners and contributors to their world. Deb is inspired, on a daily basis, by the staff at Academy School and by the children she teaches.

Jean Shultz

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.

Ashley Dunn

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