3rd Grade Teacher
Hello! My name is Laurie Birmingham and I’m excited to be teaching at Chester Andover Elementary School this year. I started my teaching career right here in Chester in 1998 as 5/6 teacher. As much as I loved teaching here it was only a one year position. The next year I began teaching in Grafton, Vermont where I taught grades 5/6 for 5 years. During my time in Grafton I earned a Master’s degree from the University of Vermont’s Mathematics Initiative, (VMI) a three-year program whose goal is to improve the mathematical knowledge of teachers K-6. In 2004 I decided to put teaching on hold to raise a family. I was fortunate enough to stay home while my children were young, but during those years I maintained my teaching license by taking numerous classes, volunteering at CAES and tutoring. Last year I worked part time at Elm Hill, a K-2 school, in Springfield, Vermont as a math interventionist. Not only am I passionate about teaching I am passionate about the community of Chester in which I live.
At CAES I will be working as a math interventionist. My job is provide Tier 2 instruction in the area of mathematics. This means I provide targeted intervention to students in addition to their regular math instruction. I pull small groups of students and work with them in my classroom out in the “White House”. I may also push into their classroom to help out as well. In addition to intervention groups I will be teaching Everyday Mathematics to a group of 3rd graders.
Hello. My name is Jill Wilson. I was born and raised in a small town in upstate New York. In fifth grade, I decided I wanted to be a teacher and played the part every chance I had. Whether I was reading to younger students, volunteering in classrooms, or tutoring after school, I was always involved in helping kids. When I graduated from Cambridge Central School in 2006, I attended The College of St. Joseph to pursue an education degree. I took both general education and special education courses, though my degree was in general education. I graduated in 2010. I then began to substitute in the local school districts and work at a Summer Camp for kids as an Aquatic Director and After School Program as a Head Counselor. In the Fall of 2011 I started graduate school at The College Of Saint Rose. During this time, I continued to work as a substitute as well as at both the summer and after school programs. I pursued and received a Masters in Literacy with a Certification in Special Education in May 2013. Chester–Andover Elementary School started my teaching career. I have found a great joy and comfort as part of the community and plan to stay!