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Meet the First Grade Teachers

Andrea Becker

Ms. BeckerI grew up in Baltimore County and attended Riderwood Elementary, Ridgley Middle School and Dulaney High School.  I have always loved working with children and began babysitting when I was twelve years old.  As a senior in high school I spent the mornings assisting at Riderwood Elementary in a first grade classroom, went to classes at Dulaney High after lunch, and was a member of the track team after school.  
 
I graduated from Towson University with a dual major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.  As a member of their track team I was a long jumper and a triple jumper.  This will be my fourth year teaching first grade in Baltimore County.  Teaching is a passion of mine and I love to help students become lifelong learners.
 
I love playing sports such as kickball, football and volleyball.  Much of my down time is spent with my five year old puggle named Jarrett.  He has lots of energy and loves to snuggle. 
 
I have recently visited Florida, California and Israel and hope to travel to new and exciting destinations.


Kaitlin Lander

I grew up in Toms River, New Jersey, Mrs. Landerwhere I spent my summers at the beach! I went to college at Penn State University at University Park where I grew to love college football--We Are! I had my first teaching experience in Anne Arundel County where I spent 5 years teaching third grade and 5 years teaching fourth grade. I also received my master’s degree from McDaniel College during that time. After spending some time in Annapolis I lived in Baltimore City and met my husband, Peter, who I married during the summer of 2016. We have since moved to Baltimore County with my two stepchildren, Luke and Mila. We love the beach so we spend our summers visiting Bethany Beach and the Jersey Shore. I was lucky to start working at Timonium Elementary during the 2016-17 school year and I am loving my experience in first grade!





Laura Margiotta

 

Mrs. Margiotta

I grew up in the Hereford Zone in Baltimore County.  I knew early on that I always wanted to become a teacher. For college, I attended Towson University where I graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and in Deaf Studies.  I began teaching in Baltimore County in 2005.  Throughout my career I have taught second grade for many years and this year I have the opportunity to teach first.  Desiring to grow as a teacher, I received my Masters in Reading Education from Towson and was privileged to attend the International Reading Association Conference in Costa Rica. Teaching for me is more than a passion, it is an opportunity to shape the next generation of teachers, authors, scientists, and engineers.

When I am not teaching I love spending time with my husband and my two children, Jackson and Hailey.  We love spending time outside and during the summer we spend most of our time relaxing in Cape May, New Jersey.  I love traveling, although it is harder now with young children.  I enjoying cooking and doing crafts.  I also love cheering on my hometown teams- the Orioles and the Ravens.

I am excited about continuing my career teaching at Timonium this fall.


Kelsey Brown

I grew up in Timonium and attended Ms. BrownSt. Joseph School, Cockeysville and Notre Dame Preparatory High School. In May 2017, I graduated from Loyola University Maryland earning my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.  I have a true passion for working with children and have been working with and creating bonds with children in Baltimore as well as in Haiti and El Salvador.

This year I am excited to start a new journey with the first graders coming into my classroom.  I have been given the opportunity to encourage students who enter my room and will be creating long lasting friendships.