Peggy Sheehy




I guess the important pieces of my bio are these:
  • I was a working musician  (yep - the singer in the band)  for 30 years - the last 5 of which I also taught (can you imagine???)  The reason I think this is pertinent to who I am as an educator is that I come from the "entertainment" mindset".  For me it has always been about the "exchange".  When I discovered that I could deliver a lyric in such a way that people were moved,to emotion- it was exhilarating, intoxicating and addictive. There are performances that are etched in my mind forever - the ones where when the stage was right, the audience was welcoming, the band was on, and the venue was conducive to having a really good time!
  • Teaching can also be exhilarating, intoxicating and addictive - when the stage is right, the audience is welcoming, and the venue is conducive to having a good time!  But we all know that  all of those elements  rarely present themselves simultaneously! However, they seem to exist a much higher percentage of the time in classrooms where a passionate teacher is at the helm--
  • I didn't go to college until my thirties - and even then I did it in a very unorthodox way.  Beginning with a BS from Empire State College, to a MLS from Stony Brook University to the first half of my MLIS from USC at Columbia to finishing online at Southern Connecticut State University (2 more classes... I need to bite the bullet and finish!)  Then I will undoubtedly seek a PhD- because I want to - I don't need to-- and I will find a program that really stretches my thinking rather than has me mow down courses that don't inspire me .   (to be continued...)
  • My first teaching position was in a 3rd-grade classroom at Mt. Sinai Elementary School where I learned firsthand that these kids really do approach new literacies differently-- THEY ARE NOT AFRAID!  They truly do dive in and start clicking and EXPECT the interface to be intuitive or self-instructing.  I was there for four years and those kids really taught me a lot! 
  • I then moved to Greenville, South Carolina, and taught 4th-grade at Stone Academy of Communication Arts, a magnet school for the Arts  where every k-5 student took drama, music, dance, art, PE and every lesson in every classroom had to integrate the arts!  It was a remarkable experience!   After my first year, the principal informed me that the following year's enrollment was down, that I would be the first to go since I was the last hired, and the only definite position he could offer me was that of the library media specialist.  He asked me to get the 15 credits needed for temporary certification over the summer....and I did.  I attended USC at Columbia and it was great to learn that the information science field was truly a good fit for a tech lover! 
  • I returned to the NY area to work at Ramapo Central Schools in 2003  and have been plugging away at finishing that degree foreverrrrrrrrrrr (as I said --2 classes left UGH!)   Not the same experience at Southern Connecticut State University - and we'll leave it at that.
  • The rest is history---Ramapo Central Schools is like going to heaven --
  • Here's the contact schtuff:

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    Peggy Sheehy







    Location:
    Suffern, New York
    Title:

    ITF/LMS Evangelist/Student of the MetaVerse
  • Work email: psheehy@ramapocentral.org i
  • Gmail: classacteach@gmail.com
  • Consulting: metaversed@mac.com
  • SKYPE/Twitter: peggysheehy
  • Second Life Main Grid: Maggie Marat  Teen Grid Onegrid Scribe (Estate 5 account so invite me to your educational island!)
  • World of Warcraft:
      • On "Sisters of Elune" server:
    • Maratsade ~Human Palidin, Guild: Cognitive Dissonance
    • Ramapo ~ Human Death Knight Guild: Ethereal Synergy
    • Mairet ~ Draenei Mage  Guild: Cognitive Dissonance
      •  On Sisters of Elune server
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  • Ramapo Blog:  http://ramapoislands.edublogs.org
  • Personal Blog: http://peggysheehy.edublogs.org
  • Consulting page: http://www.metaversedltd.com
Mobile: 201 693 0169
Work: 845 357 7400 ext 404

Quotes:



"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.”
                      ...Guillaume Apollinaire

“When you have come to the edge of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly”
                   ... Patrick Overton
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
                  ... Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

"I am the living legacy to the leader of the band..."   --Dan Fogelberg  (Thanks Daddy.
About:
Passionate about kids and learning. Willing to reinvent the wheel if that's what it takes!
...Dancing as fast as I can...

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