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            I am so happy to be starting this year with you!  This will be a year like no other and I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!!  I want you to know, we are going to get through this year together and the best we can!  We are going to have fun, learn a lot, and create memories to last a lifetime!!!!

        A little about myself....I grew up in Pleasant Valley with my mom, my dad and my sister.  Both of my parents were teachers (my mother was a 2nd grade in Wappingers and my father, taught Social Studies in Mahopac at the high school level).  Having them as my role models helped to create my love for teaching!!  I attended school in the Arlington School District.  I then moved on to college at SUNY Potsdam and graduated with my Bachelors Degree in both Elementary Education and Psychology in 2000.  After graduating, I began substituting in the Wappingers school district and working on my Masters Degree at Western Connecticut State University, which I completed in 2004.  This year will be my 20th year teaching here at Sheafe Road Elementary School!  I spent 14 years teaching first grade and this will be my 7th year teaching third grade:)  My family is so very important to me!!  I am married to Mr. Panesa, a 1st grade teacher at Fishkill Plains Elementary School, also in the Wappingers School District!!!  We have two wonderful children, a dog, and a cat at home.  Our daughter, Peyton, will be 10 years old in November and will be in 5th grade this year! Our son, Travis, will be 9 years old in December and will be in 3rd grade!   I love being a teacher and am so excited to share in building wonderful memories and meaningful learning with all my students this year!!!