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Meet the new teachers at Monroe Elementary School

New Monroe Elementary School teachers posing for a picture outside Masuk High School are, from left, Molly Johnson, Sabrina Phillips, Kristen Rosati, Rachel Wiberg and Christina Marren.

MONROE, CT — Monroe Elementary School will welcome five new teachers when the new school year begins on Wednesday. Below are profiles of each.

Molly Johnson

Position: Speech language pathologist

Previous School District: Milford

Grew Up In: Milford

Education: Case Western Reserve University, Southern Connecticut State University

What do you like most about teaching?: I love helping students find their voices and communicate with their friends, teachers, and families.

What are you most looking forward to in Monroe?: I’m looking forward to meeting new people and joining a wonderful school community!

Sabrina Phillips

Position: 4th grade teacher

Previous School District: Fairfield Public Schools

Grew Up In: Seattle, Wash.

Education: Masters in Education from Sacred Heart University and studying for a 6th Year degree in Technology from Fairfield University

What do you like most about teaching?: The one thing I love most about teaching is being able to witness and be a part of the learning process for each student. The process looks different for every student, so being able to modify, support and challenge students motivates me to be the best I can be for them.

I also love to see students take risks and learn from each other and work together. It’s important to create a community full of curious learners.

What are you most looking forward to in Monroe?: From day one the Monroe community has been amazing and supportive. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms, and I can’t wait to do the same for my students! I’m looking forward to working with families and staff and making a positive impact on students.

Kristen Rosati

Position: Reading specialist

Previous School District: Stratford (10 years)

Grew Up In: Trumbull

Education: Master of Science in Education, 6th Year Certificate in Remedial Reading and Language Arts.

What do you like most about teaching?: I love helping children grow their confidence as young readers and writers.

What are you most looking forward to in Monroe?: I am so excited to be joining such a robust learning community in Monroe. I am really looking forward to building relationships with the students, families and my new colleagues.

Rachel Wiberg

Position: Speech language pathologist

Previous School District: Stratford

Grew Up In: Newtown

Education: University of Connecticut for undergraduate and graduate degrees

What do you like most about teaching?: I love being a preschool SLP because I get to work on communication skills through play and establish a genuine connection with each of my students.

What are you most looking forward to in Monroe?: I can’t wait to get to know the Monroe community, both staff and families, as I’ve heard such wonderful things!

Christina Marren

Position: Special education teacher

Previous School District: Ridgefield Public Schools

Grew Up In: Watertown

Education: University of Connecticut: Master of Arts – Special Education; Southern Connecticut State University: Master of Science – Reading

What do you like most about teaching?: My favorite part about teaching is seeing the look on my students’ faces when they master a skill they have been working on. It is a rewarding feeling for myself and for my students.

What are you most looking forward to in Monroe?: I am really looking forward to being apart of the Monroe community. Everyone I have met has been very supportive and welcoming. I love hearing all of the connections people have with the town and how long they have been in the district. I can tell it is a great place to work and I am glad I get to be apart of it!

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