Meet the Teacher!
Here are some pictures of my family!
Aloha Students and Parents/ Guardians!
I am Miss Carey and I am incredibly excited to be working with you this year! I grew up in Connecticut and most of my family still lives there. I have 3 sisters, 2 step-sisters and a step-brother! It had been my dream to move to Hawaii to teach since 2013 when I took an educational trip to Oahu and the Big Island. I visited elementary schools on both islands and learned about Hawaiian culture. I fell in love with all of it! I was finally able to move here in July of 2016 after completing my Master's program, and my time here on the island has been absolutely incredible! This will be my fourth year at Ho'okele, and I am eager to see what it has in store!
I received my Bachelor's Degree in psychology and elementary general education/ special education for grades 1-6 from Marist College in New York, which allowed me to become dually certified. I furthered my education at Marist and received my Master's Degree in educational psychology. I was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Education Award at the end of my Master's program for graduating at the top of my class and demonstrating readiness to enter the profession, which was an honor that I had not anticipated! I hold teaching certificates in both New York State and Hawaii.
I have worked with students ranging from age 3 to age 14. I have taught in general education classrooms as well as inclusion and fully special education classrooms. My experiences working with children with special needs range from students with mild learning disabilities all the way to students with severe cognitive deficits who are completely non-verbal and live in a residential program on their school's campus. Working with non-disabled as well as special education populations is a passion of mine that I found pretty early in my life. I am overjoyed to be teaching the fourth grade inclusion classroom for a fourth year!
~Communication with Families~
I want to ensure that there is strong communication between myself and all parents/ guardians throughout the school year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns via phone, email, Class Dojo, or a note!
I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!