R.E.A.C.H. Faculty

  • Grade 6 Team:


     

    Nagan Photo
    Ms. Nagan
    Advanced Language Arts

     

    Favorite Food: Sushi
    Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

     "I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I had an opportunity to work in a first grade classroom.  I enjoyed working with the students and watching them grow as learners.  It was during that experience that I realized the joy of being a teacher."

     

     

     

    Ms. Kostamo  
    Ms. Kostamo
    Reading/Research

     

    Favorite Food: Greek
    Favorite Book: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    "I discovered my passion for reading and history in sixth grade at Lincoln Middle School. That is when I decided that I wanted to be a teacher. I love teaching students about different cultures and helping to expand their horizons."

     

     

     

     

    Grade 7 Team:


     

    Ms. Matthey, REACH Language Arts
    Ms. Matthey
    Advanced Language Arts

     

     

    Favorite Food: Sushi
    Favorite Book: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

    "I knew I wanted to be a teacher in my 11th grade year of high school.  I had a teacher who meant the world to me and created a world in which I could expand myself.  I knew I wanted to help others, and having him around made it click that I could take my knowledge to others and give other children the same opportunity to grow."

     

     

     

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     Ms. Schimel
    Reading/Research

    Favorite Food: Authentic Latin American
    Favorite Book: North and South Trilogy by John Jakes

    "I knew I wanted to be a teacher during my first day as a substitute teacher in Georgia.  The rapport that I built that year motivated me to become a full time teacher.  There is nothing more rewarding than building positive relationships with my students and families."

     

    Grade 8 Team:


     

    Ms. Cook
    Ms. Cook
    Advanced Language Arts

     

    Favorite Food: Thai
    Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

    "I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was given the opportunity to teach creative writing in a summer program.  I realized it was a chance to share my love of language and rhetoric with others."



     

     

    Mr. Van Wagner
    Mr. Van Wagner
    Reading/Research

    Favorite Food: Italian
    Favorite Book: A People's History of the United States1492-Present, by Howard Zinn

    "I knew I wanted to be a teacher when my parents first took me to the Smithsonian when I was in eighth grade. I fell in love with history when I was there and I realized that I wanted to share that excitement with students for years to come."