A Note From the Teacher

Welcome to the Room 22 Homepage!

My name is Mrs. Hope Pardee, I am happy to be a fifth grade teacher at Meadowside again this year! I am excited to get to know the boys and girls of Room 22 and their families. I have a passion for helping others and I hope reading this note helps answer some questions you might have about me and that you learn about the people, places and things that are close to my heart.

My husband, Rob, and I are the proud parents of four-year-old twins: a girl, Hannah and a boy, Joseph. We also have a dog named Yuki who loves tummy rubs, chasing squirrels and mozzarella cheese.

Have We Met?

You may have run into me running errands, playing at Bodie's Place, swimming at the YMCA or walking at Eisenhower Park. My family also loves spending time in Lake Placid, New York and in Florida near West Palm Beach. The Everglades is my family's favorite national park and our dream is to someday visit every national park.

My Greatest Teachers: Mom and Dad

The two most important teachers in my life have been my parents, Frank and Grace Dukenski, who still live in Trumbull. They taught me two important life lessons: perseverance and practice. Perseverance means never giving up on yourself or your dreams, no matter how slim a chance of success other people might give you. The other lesson is practice: greatness does not happen by accident, it comes with purposeful practice and a lot of hard work.

Who Are Your Greatest Teachers?

Who are your biggest influences? They may be closer than you think! Chances are, they are your family members. One of the most important ways that families can help children to succeed is to have regular conversations about priorities and goals: What goals do you/does your family have for you? What do you and your family members value? What do they feel it is important for you to know and be able to do, and why?

Are You A Lifelong Learner?

Will I always be a student? It seems so! I graduated first from Trumbull High School and then from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. I earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and am now enrolled part-time at UMASS-Boston where I am taking classes toward a second Masters in Education--this time in teaching students with visual impairment.

For me, the learning never stops. That is not to say that learning has to happen in a program or a classroom. Some of the best learning happens when students strike out independently to learn more about something they are personally interested in and when students understand the value of learning they, too, have become learners-for-life.

I wish you all a fun and purposeful school year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hope Pardee

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