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Ms. Maxwell

Welcome to first grade! I’m very excited about this year.

I have many exciting things to share with you, and can’t wait for us to learn and grow together. Let me tell you a little about myself…
This is my eleventh year teaching in the New Albany Plain Local School District. I grew up in Canton, Ohio, and attended school in the Plain Local School District (Stark County). I was an Eagle too, and I love showing that pride here in New Albany! I have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University. I loved the experience and spent my four years participating in everything that would provide insight about children and how they learn. I was involved in a year and a quarter partnership that involved spending 450 hours in an elementary classroom above and beyond student teaching. I received my Reading Endorsement through this partnership.

I completed my student teaching in a 2nd grade classroom in Logan, Ohio. After graduation, I worked preparing preschoolers for kindergarten as a Master Teacher at the Ohio University Child Development Center. I also spent a year as a permanent substitute teacher in my hometown of Canton in the Plain Local District. I taught kindergarten the first twelve weeks of school for a teacher on maternity leave. The next twelve weeks I met standards and taught curriculum in a 4th grade classroom. I finished the year as a Primary Special Education teacher. Helping children find success at these different levels of learning was very rewarding and provided important perspective. In 2013, I received my Master’s Degree in Special Education at Ashland University.

The past nine years in the New Albany - Plain Local Schools have been very rewarding and I have learned so much about this amazing learning community. I have attended curriculum based workshops, participated in educational summer programs, and have been invited to community gatherings in which I have gained knowledge about my love of teaching and learning. Also, through these exciting opportunities, I have come in contact with many wonderful families and colleagues that make my job so special. I can't wait to see what this year has in store!

I’m from a family of teachers, and education has been a calling and a priority in my life from very early on. I’ve made great efforts to achieve a wide diversity of experience with children in order to become a better teacher. I love children and the families that support their learning, and I know that together we will have a great year. Let’s get started!

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