Saint Mary School|Milford, CT | Grades 1-4
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Grades 1-4

Grades 1-4

Grade 1 – Linda M. Crotta

Linda M. Crotta
Bio

Linda Crotta has been working at St. Mary  School since 1994. She has taught grade 4 and grade 1 at SMS. She also has taught in both catholic and public schools in New York as well as subbing in Hamden and New Haven Public schools. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she attended St. Catherine of Alexandria School, Fontbonne Hall Academy, St. Joseph’s College and The College of Staten Island where she received her M.S. in Special Education. She holds a New York State Certification in K-6 and Special Education as well as Connecticut Professional Educator Pre-K to 6 certification.

Mrs. Crotta says, “Teaching at St. Mary’s continues to be a challenging and rewarding experience. I enjoy the eagerness of my students and strive to give them my best effort each day so that I may be able to spread the message of Jesus.”

Mrs. Crotta enjoys reading, counted cross-stitch and cooking.  She also enjoys biking and taking walks with her family.  Teaching children how to be proficient readers is of great interest to her and she is a member of the International Reading Association and keeps up with the latest research.

Spotlight

Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on 1st grade teacher Mrs. Linda Crotta!

Mrs. Crotta’s favorite quote is, “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Did you know Mrs. Crotta loves to dance to loud dance music?

Outside of school she likes to do things with her family.

She loves holidays when her whole family gets together to enjoy a good meal & laughs!

When she was in school her favorite subject was reading – for people who know her, I am sure that doesn’t surprise you!

Mrs. Crotta’s advice to her students is, “Always try your best. Don’t shy away from trying something new – it may be your next favorite thing!” ‪

Grade 1 – Katherine Doyle

Katherine Doyle
Bio

Mrs. Doyle and her husband are both natives of Milford. She is a graduate of St. Gabriel’s Elementary School, Lauralton Hall High School, Trinity Colllege in Hartford CT, and Southern Connecticut State University. Mrs. Doyle holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Education, a Masters in Special Education, and is state certified K-6.

Mrs. Doyle previously taught for 7+ years in the Milford Public School System as a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher. She returned to the workforce after 8 years home raising her children, twins, who attend SMS.

Mrs. Doyle enjoys exercise, reading, fashion, and spending time with family and friends.

As she embarks on continuing her teaching career she is “excited to be back in the classroom to help share the combination of character education, following the values of the Catholic church, and an excitement for learning.”

Spotlight

Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on 1st grade teacher Mrs. Katherine Doyle.

Mrs. Doyle lives by the motto, “wWrk hard, play hard, and be KIND in all you do! Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the BIG things! I believe that there is a reason for everything, and God would not give you what you cannot handle.”

Did you know that Mrs. Doyle played basketball in college? Outside of school, Mrs. Doyle likes to exercise, go shopping or “bopping” with her daughter, watch her kids play sports, and go out to eat!

Her best memories of school are based on two special teachers that took part in them. “One, my first grade teacher Mrs. Smith, always had fun while teaching and loved to share my pretzels for snack. Two, I loved science in elementary school because my teacher Mrs. Hennighan would grade us on our notebooks and how they were organized and represented the information that we studied. I loved to organize, color code, and draw illustrations for the concepts!”

Her advice to her students is, “Always do your BEST work and it’s ok to make mistakes because that is how we learn. The biggest mistake would be not to try for fear of failing. If you’re having a bad day, remember there’s always tomorrow, and everything is always better in the morning!”

Grade 2 – Emily Nolan

Emily Nolan
Bio

Miss Nolan has been teaching at SMS since September 2011. She graduated from The Catholic University of America in May 2011 with her BA in Early Childhood Education. During her time at Catholic, she spent time doing field work in kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms in public, charter and Catholic schools in DC. As much as Miss Nolan misses living in our nation’s capital, she loves living back home in Milford, where she grew up!

When she’s not teaching, Miss Nolan loves taking and teaching Zumba® and Zumbatomic® fitness classes, photography, singing, shopping, reading and spending time with her friends and family!

You can check out Miss Nolan’s class website and blog (complete with photos!) atwww.missnolansclass.com

Spotlight

Today’s Teacher Spotlight is on Miss Emily Nolan – one of our 2nd grade teachers!

Her teaching motto and favorite quote is, “”Working hard is important, but there is something that matters even more – believing in yourself.” – Harry Potter/J.K.Rowling.

Did you know that Miss Nolan is a terrible cook and that her favorite subject when she was in school was reading?

Some of her favorite things to do is be with family & friends, read, and take pictures – she loves photography!

As far as advice to her students – she thinks Cinderella said it best – “Have courage, and be kind.” Sounds good to us!

Grade 2 – Sara Frampton

Sara Frampton
Bio

Sara Frampton is  our resident technology expert!  She started teaching at St Mary School in the fall of 2005.  During her first year at SMS, she  taught Kindergarten and since then she has taught second grade.  In recent years she has also taken on the role of technology coordinator along with Mrs. Huyser.  She has her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Sacred Heart University. She also has a Masters in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and her Certification in Educational Technology from Sacred Heart University.

Miss Frampton says, “My favorite thing about St Mary School is the family environment at the school.  We treat each other with respect and will go out of our way to help in any way possible.”

When not teaching, Miss Frampton enjoys technology, photography, reading, and anything outdoors.

Miss Frampton says, “My favorite thing about St Mary School is the family environment at the school.  We treat each other with respect and will go out of our way to help in any way possible.”

When not teaching, Miss Frampton enjoys technology, photography, reading, and anything outdoors.

Spotlight

Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on 2nd grade teacher Miss Sara Frampton.

Miss Frampton’s favorite quote is, “It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow up to be” – Albus Dumbledore.

Miss Frampton loves to learn new things. Did you know last year she learned how to ski and this year how to crochet? When not in class, she loves to do anything outside, read, and hang out with her family & friends. True to her spirit, recess was her favorite subject when she was a student!

Her advice to her students as they continue their education is: “Always try your best! Do not compare yourself to others, just do YOUR best.”

Pictured with Miss Frampton is her nephew Andy

Grade 3 – Adriane Dunne

Adriane Dunne
Bio

Mrs. Dunne has been teaching at Saint Mary’ School since 1995. Before coming to SMS, she taught in the West Haven Public School System for twelve years where she taught first and third grade. She completed her B.S. in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University. Later on she continued her Education and received an M.S. in Reading from Southern Connecticut State University.

Mrs. Dunne enjoys traveling, reading and working outside in her garden.  She has been involved with SMS since her children started here and they are both graduates.  “We still have many friends through SMS and many fond memories.”

Grade 3 – Heather Gorman

Heather Gorman
Bio

Mrs. Heather Gorman grew up in Milford and attended Southern Connecticut State University. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English.  Mrs. Gorman worked in Stratford for 3 years as a long term substitute and then as a resource teacher before moving to New Hampshire.  There, she taught in Manchester for 5 years, most recently second grade.  She is happy to now be back in Connecticut with her family!

Mrs. Gorman enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. She also has two dogs named Jack and Jill. She loves reading and being outside!

Spotlight

Mrs. Gorman grew up in Milford and attended SCSU. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in English. Mrs. Gorman worked in Stratford for 3 years as a long term substitute and then as a resource teacher before moving to New Hampshire. There, she taught in Manchester for 5 years, most recently 2nd grade. She is happy to now be back in CT with her family! Her teaching motto & favorite quote is “Take pride in how far you’ve come, and have faith in how far you will go.” Did you know that Mrs. Gorman loves baseball & football? Her favorite teams are the Yankees and Giants. Outside of school she likes to spend time with her family, friends, and dogs and dancing with her 2 year old daughter is her favorite thing to do! She also loves going to the beach. Her favorite subject when she was in school was writing. The best advice she can give her students is “Be proud of who you are! Never be afraid to share your ideas because we can all learn from them!”

Grade 4 – Sarah Couden

Sarah Couden
Bio

Ms. Couden is a life long Milford resident. She attended Southern Connecticut State University and received her Bachelors degree in Youth and Community Development. After receiving her Bachelors degree, she then attended the University of New Haven and earned a Masters degree in Elementary Education. While she was attending the University of New Haven, she completed a one year internship in the Milford Public Schools. This past 2013-2014 school year, Ms. Couden was teaching long term in both fourth and fifth grade classes in the Milford Public Schools.

When not teaching, Ms. Couden enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Ms. Couden loves the outdoors, especially camping and hiking. She has also been a dance instructor for the last ten years. In her free time you can find her at the beach or spending time with her yellow lab, Lily!

Spotlight

Today’s Teacher Spotlight is shining on our 4th grade teacher Miss Sarah Couden (a day after her birthday).

Miss Couden’s motto is that a teacher should, “Teach, encourage, instruct, mentor, praise, influence, guide & inspire.”

Did you know that she has been a dancer for 25 years and that the New York Rangers are her favorite hockey team?

In addition to dance, she likes to go to the beach, hike, and spend time with loved ones when not working.

If she had to choose a favorite subject from when she went to school, it would be Social Studies. However, she really enjoyed every subject, especially hands on engaging activities.

The best advice she can give her students is to never give up. She wants students to always keep trying no matter how difficult things may get.

One of her favorite quotes in the classroom is, “No one is perfect, that’s why pencils have erasers.”

Grade 4- Cynthia Young

Cynthia Young
Bio

Mrs. Cynthia Young is a graduate of Southern CT State University from where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree is Early Childhood Education and her Masters in Special Education. She has worked for 6+ yrs. in the public and parochial setting, teaching grades Pre-K through 8th grade, in both the regular and Special Education settings. The last two years were spent teaching Fifth Grade at St. Matthew School in Bristol. Mrs. Young lives in Shelton with husband, Bill, and younger son Preston. Older son Collin lives in the West Hartford area with his family.  Her interests are reading, decorating, traveling, spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be teaching at St. Mary School.