Hello and welcome to room 334's web page! My name is Carla Fitzpatrick and I teach second grade. This is my 21st year teaching. I taught first grade during my first ten years and have been in second ever since. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Westfield State College and my Masters in Curriculum Instruction from Lesley College.
During my junior year at Westfield I had the good fortune to study abroad in Nottinghan, England. I attended Nottingham University for a semester and learned a great deal about other education systems compared to ours. I enjoyed my time student teaching five and six year old British children in their own public school system!
In August of 1999, I traveled south to Louisiana to a town located in the northern part of the state. It was an enlightening experience teaching first grade in a poverty stricken neighborhood. I came back with a better appreciation of our lovely home town!
Before returning to the Winthrop Public Schools, I substituted for Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, MA. It gave me a first hand perspective on how charter schools are run.
In September of 2000, I was back teaching first grade at the Willis School and the following year "Looped" with my students (keeping my first grade students for another year as second graders). It was a wonderful way to begin our first year in our new school building, Fort Banks Elementary!
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