NAME: Barbara Purcell Mrs. Purcell-Voki
SCHOOL: Midland School #1
SCHOOL PHONE: main office: 201-843-3120Barbara Purcell has had many experiences throughout her career in education. A new experience begins every year! In the 2019-2020 school year, I will be teaching 4th grade. I am excited to work with the fabulous 4th grade team again to make this year the best year of learning for our students. I look forward to reading great novels, articles, and short stories with your children. We will read to learn and share our new knowledge. I can't wait to begin having the students share their views through their writing. For my first 11 years at Midland School, I had the privilege of teaching students in a Language Arts Literacy GATE program. The students read a wonderful variety of literature from contemporary to classics! Writing tasks included everything from newspaper articles, literary responses, memoirs, and research papers to poetry. We engaged in cross-curricular programming and produced multi-media and technology projects to demonstrate learning. I received a full scholarship from the Gifted Child Society of New Jersey to attend Confratute and the University of Connecticut during the Summer of 2005. I went to graduate school at Montclair State during the summer of 2008 and 2009 to complete an endorsement in Gifted Education. In 2010, my essay in the Samsung Four Seasons of Hope Essay Contest was selected to win $50,000 for our district! In 2012, a sixth grade student submitted a letter to the Record nominating me as a Star Teacher. I was named an Outstanding Star Teacher for Bergen County. For two years I worked to provide academic support in Language Arts Literacy with students in grades 1 through 8 to help them become successful and confident readers and writers. I look forward to great academic adventures with the 4th grade this year! We have many educational opportunities and challenges ahead! Learning is an exploration; let's continue our adventures in learning!
Thought for our class...
“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." -- Chinese proverb