Christine Culver - Third Grade Teacher
I received my Bachelor of Arts in 1984 in elementary education. I spent six months substitute teaching to save money for a move to New England, a long time dream. I soon loaded my Ford Tempo and headed to Manchester, New Hampshire. I had given myself 30 days to find a teaching job or head back to steamy South Texas. Thirty days to the day I was hired by the Autistic Unit of Spaulding Youth Center (SYC). This was the best first job I could imagine because everything I learned in that very intense, challenging, loving, and remakable environment contunues to shape me as a teacher today. While at SYC I earned my certification in special education and began my Master studies in the same.
Though very happy at SYC, after four years I longed to work in the public school system. I soon secured a position in special education at Weare Junior High School where I taught students with learning disabilities and completed my Master of Education degree. Since that time I have taught elementary and middle school age children in Seabrook, Exeter, Greenland, and finally Kensington. It is here I made the move after 16 years from special education to regular education. I know that my background in applied behavior analysis, systematic phonics and special education in general have helped me to be a better classroom teacher than I would have otherwise been.
I have just completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Leadership and hope to one day be a school principal. Right now I am very happy teaching the children of Kensington. I feel more fortunate than one can imagine to teach in this wonderful town and teach in a school of consumate professionals who not only challenge and inspire me professionally, but also make me feel I am among family; a family that works, plays, and learns together.