This year Ms. Montgomery is celebrating her 25th year in Baltimore County Public Schools. She has served the families in the Padonia, Deer Park, Winand, and Pinewood Elementary communities in a variety of capacities. Although she has worked with first grade students for 14 years of her career, she has also enjoyed teaching 5th grade, intermediate special education, and she served as a mathematics and science resource teacher. Ms. Montgomery’s formal education took place at Radford University where she earned degrees in both special education and elementary education. Upon realizing that primary children were her greatest passion, she went further to become certified in early childhood education. Five years ago Ms. Montgomery earned her National Board Certification in Elementary Education. Each summer keeps her busy with curriculum writing for the offices of Mathematics and Science or she is facilitating professional development for teachers. In the spring of 2013 Ms. Montgomery was named one of three finalist to represent Maryland in the National Presidential Award for Mathematics. Family is of greatest importance to Ms. Montgomery. She has 2 children; Michael (19) and Rebecca (13), and comes from a very large, and loving family. Each moment spent with them is truly cherished. Horses, backpacking, camping, running, and reading also keep her busy when she is not in the classroom. Ms. Montgomery believes that in order for a child to learn the classroom should be respectful, patient, and kind. To that end, she encourages all children to be active participants in their learning so they can reach the high expectations set forth in the classroom. Finally, Ms. Montgomery believes in open communication between the classroom and home. Parents are their child’s best advocate and they can share valuable information about their child as a learner.
Ms. Quimby graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. Teaching is her passion and she has always known that it was the career path that she wanted to take. Ms. Quimby has been serving as a special education inclusion teacher in Baltimore County since August 2013. She grew up in New Jersey, but is proud to now call Baltimore her home. In her spare time, Ms. Quimby enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying city life!
Mrs. Puopolo is thrilled to be a part of making positive and meaningful school memories with your child! Her optimistic personality and dedication to the teaching profession will be a valuable asset to help cultivate an encouraging and positive culture at our school. As a career changer, she spent several years working in a private industry and finally heard her true calling to become a teacher. One year later, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree along with a dual certification in elementary and special education through an accelerated graduate program at the College of Notre Dame. Mrs. Puopolo is married and the proud parent of an upcoming first grader and a preschooler. She enjoys swimming, camping, laughing and eating crabs. Her passion is teaching and cannot wait to be part of creating something special at Mays Chapel Elementary School.
Mrs. Smith has been a classroom teacher in the Baltimore County School System for 15 years. Patti received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She then moved to Baltimore and became a 1st grade teacher at Berkshire Elementary School. Throughout the last 15 years, Patti has taught both 1st grade and kindergarten at Berkshire. During that time, she received her Master’s in Education through Walden University, specializing in Reading. She is looking forward to beginning a new chapter in her career with the students and parents at Mays Chapel Elementary School. When she is not teaching, Patti enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, ages 8 and 10. Her favorite activities include watching her boys play ball, reading, and cheering on the Ravens and Orioles!
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