Teacher & Staff Directory
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in dance from Salisbury University
I grew up here in Queen Anne’s County. I attended Grasonville Elementary, Centreville Middle, and Kent Island High School as a child. I currently live in Centreville with my husband, my daughter Avalee, and our newest family member Louie Blue, our petite/mini goldendoodle. When I am not at school you can find me spending time with family, at the movies, crafting, bike riding with my kid, shopping, or dining out.
I have been teaching Kindergarten at MES for six years. I love teaching our youngest students and watching them grow into successful members of our school family. I live in Grasonville with my husband and two teenage sons. We love spending time together and being outdoors. In the winter you will find me on the ski slopes and in the summer you may spot me out on the bay on our boat.
I believe that giving my students valuable experiences is an important part of the learning process. My classroom is always filled with activity and fun!
Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Salisbury University; Masters in Elementary Literacy and Mathematics from Walden University
I graduated from Queen Anne's County High School and live in Chester with my amazing daughter Emma and our two crazy kittens, Pumpkin Spice and Chili. When I have free time, I enjoy spending time at the beach, reading a good book, baking, and taking in a baseball or football game. I am a huge Orioles and Ravens fan. My favorite food is Italian and, of course, seafood having grown up on the Shore. My favorite restaurant is Bridges. My favorite color is blue, like the ocean, my favorite place to be.
Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, Pre-K- 8th from Concord University, Athens, West Virginia
I have been an early childhood educator for over 30 years. I chose to be an educator because I love children and have a passion to help children learn and grow.
In my spare time, I enjoy biking, spending time at the beach, and reading. My husband and I live with our son on the island. I have two daughters that live further away with their families. I am a GiGi to four grandchildren who I love dearly.
Bachelor's Degree from Salisbury University; currently earning my Master's Degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County
I grew up on Kent Island but now live across the bay with my cat, Kenickie! I love to be outside and on the water. My favorite colors are light pink and olive green. I really love to read and travel. I have always wanted to be a teacher, and even made my younger siblings and cousins pretend to be my students when we were little!
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education/General Special Education; Masters of Education: Reading Specialist
I have been working with children both as a classroom and “specials” teacher for 27 years. My first years of teaching were at Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School in Bowie, MD teaching 3rd grade and Sacred Studies. After moving to Stevensville, I felt it was time to make a move closer to home. In 2007, I began my new chapter at Matapeake Elementary. Through my years at MES, I’ve taught both first and second grade.
I am a proud mom to my son, Chris, who has just graduated from UC San Diego with his Doctorate in Molecular Biology! In my free time, I love to read on my Kindle and work in the garden. Going out to dinner at Bridges or Knoxie’s with family and friends is one of my favorite things to do!
B.S. Elementary Education from Salisbury University; M.A. Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix
I believe in maintaining a supportive and fun learning environment to foster the best possible growth in each and every one of my students as they progress through my classroom. I have been teaching for 15 years and look forward to continuing to educate students for many more years to come. Queen Anne's County, while being the second county I have worked in since college (Talbot being the first), has been my home for the majority of my teaching career and I have enjoyed watching it change and grow as time has progressed.
I believe that each and every student deserves a voice in the classroom and a chance to receive the best education that I can possibly provide. To accomplish this, I strongly encourage classroom participation and consistently work on individual or small group lesson plans that cater to the needs of the various education levels in my room. While I run a well organized and efficient room, I also appreciate the little personalities that I get to see growing through interactions between each other and the learning environment as well. I believe that education is a calling and not just a "job" and do my best to exemplify that belief through the quality of my work and during my interactions with my students.
Dual degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from at McDaniel College
I began my teaching career in 1995 as a Pre-K teacher in my hometown of Franklin, PA. I taught third grade for seven years at both Bayside and Matapeake, and the rest of my time has been spent in my favorite place...first grade! I was honored to represent Queen Anne County as the 2018 Teacher of the Year, and currently serve as the first grade team leader and as a member of the School Improvement Team.
I live in Pasadena with my husband Bill and our adorable and very spoiled cockapoo, Lily. We have three sons who have blessed us with eight grandchildren! When I am not in the classroom, you will find me playing with my grandbabies or my puppy, camping, reading, scrapbooking, or cheering on the Ravens!
Dual degrees in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania; Master’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from the University at Buffalo in New York
I started teaching first grade at Matapeake Elementary in 2020 and have loved every minute of it. I have taught kindergarten and second grade and was a special education inclusion teacher over my 18 years. I have taught in various states along the east coast.
I live in the community with my husband Chris, our two girls Maddie and Emma, and a sweet mini goldendoodle named Ellie. When I am not at MES, you will find me at the volleyball courts, soccer fields, or at the pool cheering on the girls; outside with Ellie; serving on the MES PTA board; playing on my Cricut; or cheering on the Buffalo Bills!
I love PEEPS, polka dots, the color turquoise, peanut butter cups, and potato chips, but most of all I LOVE watching your child grow and succeed!
Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; Master's degree in Education from Gratz College
I live on Kent Island with my husband and our two children, Nicholas and Claire. I enjoy spending time with my family. I stay busy watching my children play hockey, lacrosse, basketball and field hockey. My favorite sports teams are the Ravens and Orioles. My favorite restaurants are Chick-fil-a, Knoxi’s, and Crab Deck. I love all colors and yellow always makes me smile. I'm a big DeMatha fan!
Towson University; University of Queensland- Australia
I live here on Kent Island with my husband and three children and our dog, Bear. I love to go on bike rides and walks in the warm weather, but I stay really busy watching my kids play all of their sports. My favorite sports teams are the Washington Wizards and The Commanders. I love Italian food and my favorite color is turquoise (or any blue) that reminds me of the warm ocean.
Fun Facts: I played Field Hockey for Towson University and love going to all sporting events, but I love watching the NBA and the NFL!! I lived in Australia for six months and learned how to surf and went diving in the Great Barrier Reef. It is my passion to strive to make a difference in each of my students' lives. I challenge myself to give them the best learning tools and gain confidence in themselves academically as well as personally.
Bachelor of Science in Physical Sciences from US Coast Guard Academy; Master's in Business Administration from Webster University; Master's in Elementary Education from Liberty University
I will be celebrating our 26th anniversary this year with my awesome wife, Nikki. We have two daughters who are the loves of my life. Ella is attending Pace University (NYC) and Caitey is in 12th grade at KIHS.
I enjoy doing many things, but most of all I enjoy life. I enjoy reading, cycling, playing golf, and just about anything with my family. My favorite color is purple and I love seafood! I am a big Baltimore Orioles fan and I have been a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan.
BS in Elementary Education from Salisbury University; MA in Educational Psychology/Human Development from Ball State University in Indiana (in progress)
I grew up in Queen Anne's County and attended Grasonville Elementary, Bayside Elementary, Stevensville Middle, and Kent Island High School. I love connecting with the community I grew up in and seeing so many familiar faces in our school building! I love boating, going to the beach, exploring, and traveling with my husband and daughter. We also enjoy watching Ravens football and attending Orioles games. If it's anything "Maryland," count us in!
Bachelors in Elementary Education from Salisbury University; Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University
My husband and I live in Easton with our four children and have a small backyard farm. We love animals and currently have a dog, a turtle, three cats, two goats, eight ducks, and about 15 chickens. We call it our very own petting zoo. When we aren’t spending time with our zoo, we enjoy everything outdoors and spend as much time camping as we can.
My favorite color is blue. I LOVE coffee. I always feel guilty about the number of Amazon packages that show up at our door, and even though they haven’t had a great season in awhile, the Washington Commanders are my favorite sports team.
Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania; Master's Degree in ESOL/Literacy from Salisbury University
I enjoy reading and going to the beach. My favorite national sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. My favorite foods are pizza and coffee. My favorite color is pink.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University; currently pursuing Graduate Degree from LaSalle University
It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with the students, parents/guardians, and staff here at Matapeake. I love all of the subjects that I teach, and it is my goal to instill a lifelong passion for learning in all of my students.
I grew up on Kent Island and was lucky enough to make this place my forever home. I love all things on the water… boating, fishing, swimming - you name it! My favorite food is crab dip, and my favorite color is pink. I am a huge fan of Sunday football (Go Ravens!) and spending time with my family. My daughter, Hallie, keeps me on my toes and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Certificate/ Associates Degree in Early childhood education from Chesapeake College; Undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University; Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University
I believe that children are our future and add such fun to our lives. I wanted to make a positive educational difference in their lives while helping shape their futures. I enjoy working with these children.
In my free time I enjoy working in my yard, reading, running, crocheting and baking. My favorite color is purple and I enjoy too many foods to name a favorite! I live with Jeff and our dog, Sadie. I have three children: Matthew, Ryan, and Rachel. My grandchildren are Kyleigh and Luke.
B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Masters in Education from LaSalle University
I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I am now very happy to call the Eastern Shore of Maryland my home. I currently live in Easton with my husband George, who is the Math Specialist at Matapeake Middle School, my son Jacob and my daughter Alexis. This will be my 13th year teaching elementary school! I spent the first nine years of my career teaching 3rd grade at Denton Elementary in Caroline County and this will be my 4th year teaching 4th grade at MES! When I am not teaching, I like to spend time with my family and friends, play board games, and root for my favorite Pittsburgh sports teams!
My favorite colors are black and gold together or just blue. My favorite sports teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates. My favorite restaurants are Fisherman’s Inn, Chick-Fil-a, and Panera Bread.
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College
This is my 26th year teaching, all of those years in 5th grade here in Queen Anne’s County. I am a Pennsylvania native, but have officially lived here in Maryland for more years than I have lived in PA. Gardening, traveling, reading, and spending time with my family are activities I enjoy. I also like to spend time outdoors and eat out at local restaurants, especially seafood restaurants. My favorite color is blue. I love my Penn State Nittany Lions football team!
B.S Elementary Education; M.A. in Education STEM
I love the outdoors, spending time with my family, and music. My favorite foods are Italian, Thai, Japanese, and Mexican.
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from University of Maryland; Master’s Equivalence
This is my 16th year teaching and my 10th year teaching fifth grade at MES. I grew up on Kent Island and frequently enjoy soaking up our beaches and trails with my family and friends. I love to travel, boat, kayak, swim, and explore. One of my favorite things to do is take my class outside to learn in nature. I come from a family of watermen and the Bay is a part of who I am. I love seafood, including sushi and my favorite colors are those found in nature.
Dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Salisbury University and a minor is mathematics
I began my teaching career in 2017 and have been teaching at MES since 2021. I grew up on Kent Island and enjoy anytime spent outside! I love the beaches, trails, and water access our community has to offer. My favorite colors are green and blue. I love any type of seafood and always enjoy supporting our local restaurants. In the fall I coach youth field hockey for QAC Parks & Rec. One of my favorite things about teaching 5th grade is the amazing conversations we have after reading a good book! I am looking forward to an amazing school year!
B.S Music Education K-12 with an Emphasis on Piano; Undergraduate from Lebanon Valley College; Graduate from University of Maryland, Baltimore County
This is my 7th year at my first and only school, Matapeake Elementary. My free time is spent playing video games, reading, hiking, and making or listening to music. I am a huge fan of sushi and curry (of any kind) and my favorite color is green!
Bachelor's Degree in Education from Salisbury University; Media Certification from McDaniel College
I grew up as a student of Queen Anne's County Schools. I live with my husband, Jason, and three children in Wye Mills. I enjoy watching any sport my children play, which over the years has included football, baseball, hockey, dance, field hockey and lacrosse. I love to try new and different restaurants, but my favorites include Bridges, USushi, and Legal Assets. I enjoy the beach, shopping and movies. A fun fact about me is that I have a head full of useless knowledge.
Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from University of Lynchburg; Master's in Elementary Mathematics
I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities and sports. Basketball was my favorite sport growing up. Now I opt for running, biking, surfing, and golf. I love all college athletics! I'm not an overly picky eater; I love a good sandwich by the water!
Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Towson University; Masters in Applied Technology in Education from Wilmington University
I reside in QAC with my husband, two daughters, and a sheltie. My hobbies include traveling, gardening, photography, painting, and cooking. One of my favorite restaurants is El Jefe. Purple is my favorite color.
B.S. Journalism; M.Ed. Special Education
I am married with two grown daughters, a dog named Pickles, and a cat named Fat Petunia. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, baking, and reading. My favorite sports team is the Baltimore Ravens. My favorite restaurants are Knoxies Table and Amalfi Coast. My favorite colors are pink and black.
Undergrad at Stockton College in NJ; Grad School at Loyola University MD
My family includes my husband Tim and our dog Dory. My hobbies include seashell hunting, paddle boarding, and kayaking. My favorite teams are the Ravens and Orioles. My favorite type of food is Mexican. My favorite colors are purple and mint green. Fun fact: Once while on vacation, I reunited a stranger with her friends using only sign language.
Elementary Education Special Education Middle/High School English
I am married with one daughter and we have three labrador retrievers. I love scuba diving, skiing, gardening, and going to the beach. We are Ravens and Orioles fans.
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Education from the University of Albany; Masters of Science in School Psychology from The College of St. Rose; Post-graduate studies in Applied Behavioral Analysis (in process) at Johns Hopkins University
I am a native New Yorker living on the Eastern Shore with my husband and two children. My research interests include applied behavior analysis, school-based behavioral health, and the cognitive assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Outside the school setting, I enjoy practicing yoga, riding my bike, and traveling with my family. My favorite color is blue and my favorite food is sushi. I love reading all of the Harry Potter books with my own children and working with students to achieve their best, at school, at home, and in life.
Favorite Quote: "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire" - Plutarch.
BS and MEd in Early Childhood Special Education from University of Maryland, College Park; Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology
My interest in special education began in high school where I volunteered at my school and at a therapeutic riding facility to work with children with special needs. I taught in an ABA-based preschool program in Montgomery County Public Schools for eight years before taking a job as a behavior specialist in QACPS! I also support the regional special education programs in the county. I am a recent QA transplant and grew up in Anne Arundel County. I live with my husband and my two children in Stevensville. I am a vegan so I am learning lots of new places to eat in the area!
Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from West Virginia University; Masters Degree in Education from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware
I have been teaching for 33 years. My husband, James, and I live in Denton. We are proud parents of two daughters, Karen, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Jessica, a cardiology clinical pharmacy specialist.
My husband and I are originally from West Virginia so the family enjoys going back to watch the WVU Mountaineers play football and basketball. I have lots of pets that include goats, chickens, ducks, cats, and a Brittany Spaniel dog named Roan. I enjoy being at the beach looking into the beautiful Caribbean blue waters eating Mexican foods.
University of Maryland
I love teaching all grades K-5th and watching kids grow and develop. This was not my chosen path but one I fell into and love very much. I graduated UMD in 1986 and spent the next 20 years working for insurance companies and raising my three amazing daughters, Mary, Elizabeth and Laura. I love to be outside doing anything!! I am passionate about the environment, our military, my faith, and my family. I love all things green, our gorgeous KI sunsets, and Deluxe Ledo's pizza!
B.A. from McDaniel College
I began substitute teaching in 2000 and took a full time position at MES in 2007. I am a native Kent Islander and live on a farm with my husband where we raised our two sons. My family loves to be on the water either on our boat or at the beach. I love to read, especially historical fiction and there is nothing better than a good book with your toes buried in the sand. I love all shades of green and will eat anything made with shrimp.
Bachelor's degree from Salisbury University; Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDanial College
I have been teaching since 2006 and have been at MES since 2015. I live in Grasonville with my husband, our two kids, and our yellow lab. I love chocolate and seafood. I also love playing and watching sports, especially softball and baseball! Go O's!
BS Early Childhood/Elementary Education; MA Reading Specialist; Certification - Administrator I & II
I have worked in education for 30 years and have lived in Queen Anne’s County for the past 21 years. I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan! My favorite color is teal! I enjoy spending time with my family and going to the beach! I have a grown daughter (Kailee) and a bonus daughter (Jessica). They both live in Florida. I live in Stevensville with my husband (Bill) and my dog (Sophia).
M.A. and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in New York City
I am so excited to once again have the privilege of working with the children, families, and staff at Matapeake Elementary School. In addition to a deep commitment to helping all children reach their full potential, I bring over 40 years of counseling experience, including 25 years in diverse school settings in Indianapolis, Kansas City, Long Island, and Maryland.
On a personal note, my free time is spent with my husband of nearly 50 years, and our pets, enjoying all the incredible nature that Kent Island has to offer. I am an avid gardener, cook, music lover, and amateur singer. I have recently discovered the joys of kayaking on the bay! What a treasure the Chesapeake is! I have been a huge Yankees and Rangers fan for many years, and can remember a time when you could go to Yankee Stadium to see a game for $5.00!
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University; Master's Degree - Reading Specialist from Salisbury University; Nationally Board Certified in Literacy; currently working on Doctorate of Education in Contemporary Theory and Instruction: Literacy
I have a yellow lab named Riley. I enjoy anything to do with the beach or water activities! My favorite sports teams are the Washington Commanders and the Baltimore Orioles. My favorite restaurant or type of food is Italian and seafood! My favorite colors are pink and green!
Bachelor's degree from Goucher College; Master's degree from McDaniel College
I have been in education since 1995 but always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I grew up in New England and I have been a Patriots fan forever. My hobbies include knitting, reading, and antiquing. My favorite color is orange; I even wore orange sneakers at my wedding. My husband John and I have two teenage boys and a dog named Raven (not after the football team).
BA from University of Virginia
I’ve been a resident of Kent Island for 24 years but my heart is in the mountains. I am a huge fan of college basketball (Go ‘Hoos!); my favorite color is green; and I love almost any kind of pie! The best way to spend an afternoon is reading something like Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket or James Herriott. My husband Bruce and I have one son, Christopher, and a dog named Dixie.
Bachelor's Degree from Salisbury University
I love the outdoors and enjoy camping and hiking. My favorite color is a tie between pink and green. I enjoy reading but never seem to finish a book until summer break.
Certified Pediatric Nurse
I have two adult children. Both are graduates from QACHS. My daughter Taylor received her BA in Environmental Studies and is employed as a Park Ranger. My son Andrew studies Computer Science at UMD.
I have several furbabies, including two sister cats, Charlotte and Candy and my dog Nala, an Aussie - Pyree rescue. She is really smart so I am working on her training and hope to get into agility trials with her. My favorite color is pink. Fun Fact: I was an Aviation Mechanic in the US Navy before becoming a Registered Nurse.