Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts Vassar College Master of Education The College of New Jersey NJ State Elementary Education Certificate NY State Childhood Education Certificate
Hello! My name is Mrs. Romero. I began teaching at School One in 2006 as Ms. Mahony. I enjoy working with children, and I feel it is a privilege to participate in and witness their growth as human beings, thinkers, readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, and more. I have taught first, second and third grade, including two years teaching in an international school in Bogotá, Colombia. I think School One is a fantastic place to teach, learn, and meet new friends.
I am a graduate of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood School system. I then went on to the Elementary Education program at Vassar College, where I graduated with Elementary Education certification and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in American Culture and a correlate in Hispanic Studies. I completed my Masters of Education from the College of New Jersey, and continue to further my education through additional graduate courses and professional development opportunities.
I love to learn new things, travel and see new places. Most recently, I took graduate classes from the College of New Jersey in Kinesthetic Classroom and Health and Balance in the Classroom and I spent a month in Spain while taking graduate education courses on Second Language Acquistion. I am also fortunate to have been awarded two educator grants to join scientific research expeditions through the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, giving me the opportunity to study coral reefs in Belize and terrapins in Barnegat Bay, New Jersey. Read more here: http://www.nj.com/suburbannews/index.ssf/2010/08/scotch_plains_elementary_schoo.html. I enjoy sharing what I have learned with my students.
My goal is to create a respectful and dynamic environment for learning. In room 206, we will work together to become readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, problems-solvers and respectful members of our community. My students take an active role in their education, building the skills they need to become life-long learners. I strive to create and provide opportunities, guidance, encouragement and a safe, supportive environment for children to construct and practice their learning. I encourage risk-taking and collaboration and I challenge students to stretch themselves in new ways.
It is my hope that all students leave third grade with not only a solid foundation in the core content areas, but also a love of learning, lasting friendships, pride in their accomplishments, and the self-confidence to pursue their passions.