Susan Haug - Fourth Grade Teacher
I was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts. I began babysitting at 12 years old, and realized I loved children! Because of this rewarding experience, I knew I needed to do something with children. My mother was a teacher so it seemed to be my destiny to follow in her footsteps. After graduating from New England College with a Bachelor of Science degree, I began my teaching career in Foxboro, Massachusetts in a 4th grade classroom. From there I moved to New Hampshire where I had the pleasure of teaching in Rochester and Hooksett. My teaching experiences have also included teaching positions in New Jersey and California.
I married Dick 38 years ago, and we built our home in Hampton. I stayed home for five years to raise our daughter, Jennifer. I knew I wanted to get back into teaching. I began working in Kensington as a Title 1 math aide in grades 1 through 6. When a sixth grade teaching position opened up, I was offered it and wholeheartedly accepted it! I taught grade 6, where we departmentalized for math, language arts, social studies, and science. For twelve years I was the math teacher for grades 4, 5, and 6. My homeroom was 6th grade, and I also taught them reading.
When the Cooperative Middle School was built, the 6th graders left KES for the middle school. I had a choice to go with them to the middle school, but I decided to stay in Kensington which was much more of a family type school. I then changed my teaching position to grade 3 and stayed there for eight years. I moved to grade 4 seven years ago and now teach math for both classes.
Each day I look forward to coming to school, seeing the children, and hearing their stories. Many times during weekends and summers I will come here just to work on special projects going on in my class. I believe that children learn best in a safe and happy environment and I try to make my room that type of place. Fun goes along with almost everthing we learn and do in my classroom. I feel that every child needs to feel important and have a positive self image.
Teaching at Kensington Elementary School has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. Both the town and school communitiy are filled with people who are dedicated to the learning experience of children. It is a pleasure to be associated with such a fine group of talented and knowledgeable teachers and wonderful families.