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.