WELCOME TO THE FIFTH GRADE 
GORILLA TEAM

 

MS. HIRD





My name is Ms. Hird. This will be my first year at ORMS, and I'm so thrilled to be in such a great school.  I'm moving back to the seacoast area after spending 5 years in Keene, New Hampshire.

I grew up in York, Maine, but after I graduated from high school, I moved to Keene to attend Keene State College.  There, I studied education in order to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.  In 2016 I earned a BA in Mathematics Education and Elementary Education.  During my last semester of college, I student taught at an elementary school in a fifth grade classroom.  After finishing that semester, I was able to stay with that class until the end of the school year as the long-term substitute teacher.  Last year I joined that same school in Keene, full time, to teach fifth grade.

After spending some time in Keene, I realized I missed home and wanted to be closer to my family and friends back here in the seacoast area.  I’m ecstatic to be back and to start the year at ORMS!


Large and powerful, our totem has great physical strength but rarely uses this strength against others. Instead, they are calm, steady, and quietly reserved.   They are active listeners and are deeply attuned to their environment, teaching us to be fully present and to listen attentively to others.  They recognize the honorable being within, reminding us that we are much more than appearances.  Firm, yet considerate, they show us that by treating each other with honesty and decency we will thrive together. Through the guidance of this totem we can learn to become more aware of the people and situations around us as we grow and change.

 

 Extremely intelligent, our totem animal uses a wide range of sounds and gestures to communicate.  They are especially attuned to subtle movements and looks, prompting us to make careful observations, trust our feelings and perceptions, and be gentle when conversing with others.  They have highly sensitive fingers and can even make their own tools to survive in the forest.   This teaches us to use our resources and be creative in our thoughts and actions.

 

These sociable creatures enjoy private time but are also enjoy being with family and community. They are kind, good natured, and easy going but also extremely loyal and protectiveIntimately aware of each member within the community, they live in family groups, called troops, caring and protecting each other.  They care for family members, both young and old, by sharing food and space.  Our families and friends are our troop and we must care for them in the same way. Our totem animal also reminds us to stay grounded and handle our responsibilities.

 

Our totem animal reveals to us a sense of nobility, or goodness, and encourages us to be our true selves as we travel through our days.  It also reveals dignity, or self-respect, and shows us that we will feel the best about ourselves through gentleness and peaceful living. It will protect us as we journey through our 5th grade year and will guide us with its big heart.  


 



MRS. BOBO-CARON

My name is Erin Bobo-Caron, but most of my students call me Ms. B.C. The 2017-18 school year will be my 25th year in education, and I am more excited than ever to connect with our new team of students.

I hold a master’s degree in education with a concentration in middle school education, and I am certified in both elementary and special education. My teaching career started back in 1992, working as a special education teacher in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Over the years, I have also gained experience as a classroom teacher in 5th and 6th grade self-contained classroom settings and in a variety of teaming configurations.

For several years, I took a break from the classroom, staying home to enjoy time with my two sons while they were young. During this time, I transformed our renovated garage into a classroom, from which I ran a successful tutoring business, meeting with 10-12 students per week, ranging from 2nd grade to 10th. During those years, I also enjoyed serving on the board of directors at the One World Language School, where I acted as a consultant on curriculum development, teacher training, and teacher evaluation.