Thursday, February 7, 2013

Getting to Know Us - Helen Riggs #cesuvt #resvt

Hello. My name is Helen Riggs. I have been a teacher at Richmond Elementary School for twenty-six years and have taught grades one, two, and three. Currently I am teaching the second phase of my loop and have an awesome class of second graders. This is my thirty-first year of teaching!

I live in Essex Junction with my husband Kent. We have three wonderful children. My two sons, Ryan and Evan, have graduated from college. Ryan lives and works in the Burlington area and Evan resides and works in South Lake Tahoe, CA. My daughter Alicia is a sophomore at the University of Vermont.

I grew up in the state of New York. During most of my childhood, I lived on Long Island. When I was a junior in high school, my family moved to northern New York. I attended Castleton State College, fell in love with this beautiful state, and never left.

I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with an Endorsement in Special Education. I continue to take courses over the summer to hone my skills and to stay current in best educational practices. This year I represent my colleagues on the CESU Language Arts Committee, as we update our curriculum to meet the new Common Core standards. Previously, I've worked on updating science curriculum on the CESU Science Committee and was also part of our Richmond Elementary PBIS Committee. I also serve on the Vermont State Peer Review Licensing Board.

In my spare time I enjoy experimenting with new recipes, reading, biking, taking long walks, playing volleyball, and kayaking. Visiting the ocean with my family at least once a year is must!

I have many fond memories of my years at RES. A special highlight took place during my first year as a first grade teacher. My students surprised me with an Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by WPTZ. (These students are currently seniors at MMU.) I work with a staff of outstanding professionals and feel so fortunate to be a part of RES and the Richmond community.

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