all about your teacher-Beth Switzer
I was born and raised in Visalia, California.
My parents are Bob and Judy. I have one brother, Mike. He is 16 months younger than me.
We always had pets growing up, both dogs and cats. Some of them were Benny, Sam, Schatzi, Lady, Curly, Betsy, Tiger, and Spooky.
I lived in the same house until I moved out after graduating from college.
Life in Maine
I moved to Maine when my parents decided to move/retire to Florida.
I always thought Maine was where I should live, and I love it here.
I had never seen it snow until I was about 27 years old. I absolutely love the snow--even now!
I have tons of relatives here. I can see my favorite cousin's house from my driveway. Her children walk over often to visit and play.
I've never been back to California since moving here. Maine is definitely home!
More About Me
I live in Wells in a great neighborhood full of nice friends and family.
I have a sister-in-law, Trish, and one niece, Sarah. They are very special to me as are my parents and my brother. They all live in Alabama.
My parents have a shitzu named Gypsy, and my niece has a service dog named Bakari. He is a black lab.
I love the beach, taking pictures and sharing them, scrapbooking, reading, and hanging out with friends.
My Educational Background
C.O.S. (College of the Sequoias)-- Visalia, CA--Associative of Arts
U.C.S.B. (University of California at Santa Barbara)--Santa Barbara, CA--Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies
F.S.U. (Fresno State University) --Fresno, California--Teaching Certificate
U.N.E. (University of New England at Biddeford)--Biddeford, ME--Masters Degree in Education
1986-1990 Clovis, CA
Clovis Unified School District--Cole Elementary School 5th grade and 4th grade
1990-present York, ME
York School Department--York Elementary School and Coastal Ridge Elementary School (grade 3, looping 3 to 4, and 4th grade)
Other Related Information
I was nominated for 2013's Maine Teacher of the Year, and I was a finalist!!
I loved playing teacher as a child--didn't think of doing it as a real job until after entering college.
When I first got glasses my brother told me I looked like a teacher. I cried!
My favorite teacher was in 6th grade, Mrs. Kearney. Her nickname for me was Mo, short for Motor Mouth. I talked a lot, even then :-) She was my favorite because I knew she cared, and she listened.