Biography: This is Mrs. DePalma's 8th year at HMR. She is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in Communication Arts. She worked for many years in New York City in television production, until she had the wonderful opportunity to be home with her family. During this time, Mrs. DePalma pursued her certification in Behavioral Therapy through Rutgers Douglass Outreach Center. She practiced behavioral therapy while pursuing a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from William Paterson University. Upon receiving her teaching certification, she taught first grade in Wayne. In addition, Mrs. DePalma and her husband are the proprietors of a summer camp for the past 18 years. Mrs. DePalma and her husband have three beautiful boys.
Teaching Philosophy: Mrs. DePalma believes children learn best when they are part of a caring, nurturing respectful classroom community. She feels that the essential role of the teacher is to have a highly personalized approach to teaching without compromising the core curriculum standards, always adapting the curriculum to the ever changing needs of the children. Mrs. DePalma's classroom is a hands-on, student driven, learning environment that promotes independence, critical thinking and problem solving. In addition, Mrs. DePalma feels that parent partnership is crucial to the success of every child. Mrs. DePalma is a life-long learner that continues to grow and learn from her colleagues and students.