I was born to Francis and Elaine Moynihan in Bristol, CT on December 9, 1971. I lived there for only the first three months of my life. Then my parents moved to Massachusetts and eventually settled in Danvers, the town in which my mother had grown up. My father was from Winchester, MA.
I graduated from Danvers High School (where, incidentally, Mrs. Clawson was my French teacher!) in 1989 with a dream of becoming a French teacher. On the advice of my guidance counselor I attended Merrimack College in North Andover, MA, only to find that I could not major in French there. In my sophomore year I transferred to Simmons College in Boston (right down the street from Fenway Park. Go Sox!). My guidance counselor at Simmons suggested I fill an open course slot with a conversational Spanish class, so I did~ and I loved it! I finished my undergraduate studies in Angers, France in the summer of 1993 and graduated with a major in French and a minor in Education. Then I stayed at Simmons for one more year and continued my Spanish studies. After
a summer study in Santander, Spain, I graduated from Simmons with a Masters Degree in Spanish.
Toward the end of this Masters Program, I had already accepted a job and begun working as a French and Spanish teacher at Framingham High School in Framingham, MA. I stayed here through 1997 until I accepted at job closer to home at Masconomet Regional High School (where, incidentally, Mrs. Clawson was my department chairperson!) in Topsfield, MA.
I married my husband in 1999 and we have two great boys together. David is 12, going into the seventh grade, and loves to fish, play basketball and play his Xbox. He's also very smart. Mitchell is 10 and going into the sixth grade. He is very smart as well and loves to play baseball and basketball.
Except for living away during college, and a few apartments in Peabody, MA, Beverly, MA and Amesbury, MA, I had lived in Danvers all my life. My husband had grown up in Salem, MA (of Witch Trials fame!). The harsh New England winters, however, were more than we could take, and in 2003 I walked into my department head's office (Mrs. Clawson!) and gave my notice. "Where are you going?", she asked. "Oh, it's a small town. You've probably never heard of it. Port Charlotte", I answered. "Port Charlotte? Are you kidding? My husband and I own property there!" And here we are a few years later teaching at the same school together!
I have a younger sister whose baby girl, Victoria was born in November of 2009. Alex is Victoria's brother and he was born in September of 2010. I adore them both! My mother lives in Clearwater and my father lives in Peabody, MA. I have two pugs, Indie and Eva Belle. I've known my best friends since the sixth grade. One is in Maine and the other is in Georgia.
I love the following in no particular order: my family, country music, doing crossword puzzles in the Charlotte Sun, watching scary movies, singing, going to Jimmy Buffet concerts, Forensic Files, Ghost hunting, Mexican food, Italian food, Greek food, Chinese food, cleaning, and my job! I really love creating lessons, sharing experiences, conveying knowledge, and interacting with my students.
I dislike the following in no particular order: talking on the phone, standing in line, gardening and yard work, heights, jazz and classical music, ironing, and playing sports (I'm not very coordinated and tend to be "afraid of the ball").
I am organized (or at least I have a desire to be), spontaneous, and witty. Sometimes I am a perfectionist and I might have a tendency to be a little uptight ;-), but mostly I like to have fun~ both at home and at work.
I am really happy to be going into my tenth year as a teacher at Port Charlotte High School. The leadership has high standards, faces challenges with determination and will not settle for mediocrity. I am inspired to give every day my all. There is a sense of comraderie among the faculty and invigorating school spirit all across campus from both students and staff alike. Though I may have come from far away not very long ago, I already feel like a member of the Port Charlotte family and I'm proud to say, "Yes, I am a Pirate!"