All About Me

Hello, my name is Rita Gregory and this fall will mark my twenty-first year teaching kindergarten at Booth Free School. Yes, that means my first classes have graduated from college; time really does fly when you're having fun!

I began my teaching career at Booth and have been enjoying learning and teaching alongside wonderful people-big and small-ever since. Yet I have been teaching children long before I officially got my preK-3 certificate. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bucknell University in 2002 and a master's in Special Education at Western Connecticut State University.

Every teacher says their grade is the most important, but I think kindergarten is the most magical and fun of all. Every August, timid and eager little ones come to the classroom; every June, confident, independent students walk out. Growing into a six year-old is an amazing transition that often catches parents by surprise. Yet, there is value in savoring childhood slowly. That is why the kindergarten program is centered around discovery through play. A challenging curriculum can still be fun and developmentally appropriate when it is hands-on and encourages exploration through the senses. Social and emotional skills are essential for healthy minds, too, and are as much a part of the program as the ABC's.

When I am not teaching, I am often traveling to visit friends near and far. Over the last few years I have been lucky enough to participate in a Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad program to Hungary and the Czech Republic and a trip to Singapore and Bali where I learned about their schools too. No matter where I travel, I always want to see the local elementary school! I have eclectic interests: yoga and Pilates, hockey, reading, graphic design, Russian language and history, and photography to name a few. Of course, I spend a lot of my free time with my husband and favorite little guy, Cameron, who will be turning seven in September.