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Mrs. Hayes

Special Education Teacher

"Strength lies in differences, not in similarities"
-Stephen R. Covey

Welcome!

I am so glad your here checking out Western School's awesome staff! 

About Mrs. Hayes

 I am a true believer that all children can learn and feel incredibly blessed to be in the career that I am in.  When I reflect on my own early childhood years, I spent many hours playing house and teacher, and surprisingly enough, as an adult I strive to be the best mother and teacher I can be on a daily basis. Within these two components of my life I am able to spend my time helping children become the best they can possibly be.  I have been teaching in the Naugatuck School District since 2002 and feel passionate about my role within the Naugatuck community.  Western School has been my teaching home since 2008 and is truly a place that feels like a home away from home.  The staff, students and families are some of the best of the best. 

In addition to teaching students with disabilities, I am a mother of two boys that keep my life outside of school busy and rewarding.  I am a "football" mom and spend many hours at football games, practices and cheering for my favorite boys.  

Education:
-Bachelor of Science with certification in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University, 2002. 
-Masters of Special Education from Grand Canyon University, 2009.
 
Years of Teaching: I have been teaching in the Naugatuck School District since 2002.  I began at City Hill Middle School and have been at Western Elementary School since 2008.
 
A few of my favorite things: I love being with my family and being outdoors.  I spend my free time reading and traveling. I love the beach and being near the water. 
 
A fun fact about me: I have a cat named Benson. 
 
Classes I teach: Resource Room k-4.
 
Wish list for supplies: 
~I am passionate about rewarding students and their personal growth so always having new prizes for my prize bin keeps students motivated. 
~Anything that allows a student to quietly move while working. 
~Expo markers.