News & Events
Wendy Lawler - Second Grade Teacher
Hello. My name is Wendy Lawler and I have lived in Kensington most of my life. I actually went to Kensington Elementary School as a student! My dad was elected to be on the School Board when I was in third grade. He served on the board for 35 rewarding years. His passion and commitment for the students and staff at KES was exemplary and lives on through me.
I always wanted to be a teacher. As a child I would play school with my siblings and neighborhood friends. After graduating from Exeter High School, I continued my education at Plymouth State College where I received my teaching degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching at KES for 28 rewarding years! During this time, I married and had two beautiful children. Five years ago I received a Masters Degree in Reading through Walden University.
Teaching is my passion! I enjoy trying to figure out what makes each child tick. Every student becomes "my favorite" and they all hold a special spot in my heart. Years ago when I attended a workshop on Developmental Education, the message was, "Childhood should be a journey not a race." I try to live by this philosophy. My classroom is a place where everyone feels safe to learn, make mistakes, explore and feel that.... "If I think I can, I can!!"
Nancy Roffman - First Grade Teacher
I am proud to be a first grade teacher at KES. My connection to KES began in 1952 when I entered first grade with five others at the brand new elementary school. It had running water , central heat, a multi-purpose room and two classrooms. Grades 1,2,3 were in one room with a single teacher and grades 3,4,5 were in the other room with one teacher/principal. Nearly thirty years later my husband, Denny, and I moved back to Kensington and enrolled our two boys at KES. A couple of years later Alison became a first grader. I really enjoyed volunteering, serving on the PTO and working on a variety of committees at my 'old' school.
As a young child I loved to play teacher. At UNH I majored in Latin and Greek with hopes of teaching Latin. After a short time teaching Latin at Exeter High School I knew I was not meant to be a high school teacher. – Most of the kids were bigger than I! – Luckily I was able to be a stay-at-home Mom until Alison was in sixth grade when I was hired as one of KES's teacher aides. It took only a couple of months before I knew I wanted to teach primary age children. I went back to school and earned certifications in special eduction, learning disabilities and elementary education. After being a special education teacher at KES I had the opportunity to be a classroom teacher. Since 1995 I have taught first, second and third grades. I really like teaching first grade and witnessing the magic of children learning to read and write. Their eagerness and enthusiasm for learning is contagious. Their teachers are challenged to also be active learners themselves. Hopefully I can impart my lifelong love of learning to each child.
I am most fortunate to have lots of family support, including my 86-year old mother who still helps create bulletin boards, sorts corrected papers, and does school related errands. Denny helps me with computer issues and is always willing to lend a hand at school. Teaching is an integral part of my life. When not teaching I spend as much time as possible with my six grandchildren. Four live within an hour's drive and the others live in Corvallis, Oregon. Our family likes to downhill ski, bike, hike, swim and play lots of games together. Denny and I enjoy kayaking, golfing and traveling.
Kensington Elementary School is a unique learning environment where staff, parents and students work together as a community of learners.
Becky Ruel - Principal
On Behalf of the Kensington School Board, I am pleased to announce that Becky Ruel has been elected as the next Principal of Kensington Elementary School. Mrs. Ruel will begin her official duties on July 1. The Board looks forward to hosting a Welcome to KES Session prior to the start of the new school year.
With respect to Ms. Ruel’s background, she has served as the assistant principal at Stratham Memorial School for the past 7 years. Prior to that, she served in a similar capacity for 5 years at the William Allen School in Rochester, NH. Ms. Ruel also has teaching experience at the grade 2 and 3 levels. Ms. Ruel holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from UNH. In addition, she has just completed the requirements to earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study/Education Specialist degree there as well. Please join me, the School Board, the PTO, the teachers, staff, and students at KES in extending a warm welcome to Principal Elect Becky Ruel.
Associate Superintendent of Schools
Barbara Greenwood - Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Barbara Greenwood and as the kindergarten teacher, I have the best job in the world! Kindergarten at Kensington Elementary School (KES) is a special time and place in your child's educational experience. KES is a place where we listen, share and learn from one another; a place where we learn the importance of respecting others and our school. Each child enters Kensington with varied learning styles, experiences and interests. As their Kindergarten teacher, I embrace these differences and encourage each child to celebrate and share their unique strengths with others within our classroom community. The entire KES staff strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment where your children feel comfortable taking risks. Many activities are open ended so that children will be creative in their problem solving techniques. Often, the children collectively negotiate the different ways in which a task can be completed. The goal of the activities is to build upon their prior knowledge and to develop even more greatly their sense of curiosity. Children learn best by doing. Learning is fun! Our classroom is often filled with laughter, discussion and voices filled with glee. I want your child to be excited to enter school each day. I want them to be enthusiatic and eager to learn. Kindergarten is one of the first formal steps in your child's process of learning and kindergarten at KES is meant to be a welcoming and memorable starting point for the lifelong celebration of learning!
I am one of seven children and I grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. As the middle child, I learned the importance of sharing and hope that I instill that into my everyday teaching. I attended Eisenhower College and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1983. In 1985 I attended San Jose College for graduate courses. I began my career at KES as a special education teacher in 1987. In 1993, I received my Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Hampshire. When Kensington began their first kindergarten program, I was thrilled to be offered the position of kindergarten teacher. I have been working at the Kensington Elementary School for twenty-four rewarding years!
I live in Kensington, with my three children and husband of twenty-six years. All of my children attended school at KES, which gave them a solid foundation for further studies. My oldest daughter is a junior in college, my second daughter is a freshmen in college and my youngest daughter is currently a sixth grader at the Cooperative Middle School. I am very proud of all of them! All in all, Kensington is a wonderful place to work and live.
Kensington Elementary School
122 Amesbury Road
Kensington, NH 03833
Principal: Becky Ruel