I am currently a kindergarten teacher at Hambright Elementary School in the Penn Manor School District. I grew up in Long Island, New York, but I used to vacation to Lancaster County when I was a young child. Both of my parents were from farming communities in Calabria, Italy. The Amish farms and way of life reminded them of their rural upbringing.
I have a degree in Elementary Education from Messiah College and a Master of Education with a Reading Specialist Certificate from Millersville University. I began my teaching career in 1999, but I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was in the first grade. I loved my teacher and all the activities we did in our classroom! Helping children learn in a safe, engaging, and creative environment are my daily goals. I love to inspire children to do their best by helping them recognize their own potential.
My husband, Jeremy Kirchner, is a history teacher at Penn Manor High School. We have three lovely daughters and enjoy spending time together as a family. Becoming a parent has given me a new perspective on being a teacher. I recognize the awesome responsibility I have in both of my roles. Being a parent reminds me to treat my students the way I would want my own children to be treated.
I love working in the Penn Manor School District, because we strive to help our students succeed. We collaborate and learn from each other, just as our students do!