3-4-5 Cluster Teacher Information
3-4-5 Cluster Teachers
Ms. Cruz is a graduate of Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota (BA & BS, 1998). Upon returning home to the Upper Valley, she spent five years working as a para-educator at Hartland Elementary School. It was there that she learned that she enjoyed working with students and had a knack for teaching. With encouragement from colleagues she enrolled at Upper Valley Teachers Institute in Lebanon, New Hampshire where she received her teaching certificate in 2004. Ms. Cruz’s first teaching assignment was at Newport Middle High School where she taught seventh grade literacy. During that time she learned a lot about teaching struggling students how to read. Wanting to be closer to the Upper Valley she took at teaching position at the Newton School in Strafford, Vermont. At the Newton School she had the privilege of co-teaching and the opportunity to work with the Writing For Understanding Program. In 2007, she accepted a full time teaching position at Chelsea Public school. In the fall of that year she completed her Masters of Education from Plymouth State University.
Teaching at Chelsea is a new and surprising adventure everyday. Ms. Cruz enjoys working in a multi-age setting where she can collaborate with her team and watch her students grow from cautious third graders into insightful, confident fifth graders. What makes Chelsea Public School even more special is that it is K-12 so she can continue to keep an eye on her students even after they leave the cluster.
When Ms. Cruz is away from the classroom she often can be found in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire backpacking. She also enjoys getting together with her friends and family to shoot blackpowder and compete in primitive biathlons.
Mrs. Egizi is a graduate of SUNY College at Plattsburgh and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work in 2006, and her Master’s in Childhood Education in 2008. She has been working in education through a variety of roles for over 10 years, and is thrilled to have found her home here in Chelsea. A great deal of her experience has been working in Special Education and Literacy Instruction.
Some of her favorite leisure activities include spending time with her family, cooking, reading, gardening, and hiking throughout the seasons. She hopes that students will embrace values such as respect for themselves and others, perseverance, responsibility, individuality, and honesty.
Ms. Shearer loves being part of the Chelsea Public School elementary team as our Third Grade Math and Elementary Literacy Intervention Teacher. Ms. Shearer has been at CPS since the 2016-2017 school year. She loves the type of community that is found in a small school; she enjoys being able to get to know her students and their families, as well as the other teachers. Ms. Shearer thinks multi-age classrooms are a great way to learn. Before coming to Chelsea Public School, she taught in two other schools in Vermont. One of those schools was also a small, rural, multi-age school, where she taught third and fourth grade. The first time Ms. Shearer visited Chelsea School, all the staff members and students she met were incredibly friendly and welcoming—she immediately knew that she wanted Chelsea to be her new school home.
Ms. Shearer holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Marlboro College Graduate School and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and education from Bryn Mawr College. Ms. Shearer grew up in a town in New York state, about an hour outside of New York City. She went to Edgewood Elementary School. It was pretty big compared to Chelsea School; each grade had its own class, and there were three classes for each grade! Her two best friends are people she met in kindergarten; elementary school friendships can be for life! Although she grew up in New York, she spent a lot of time in the Upper Valley, and she fell in love with Vermont. Ms. Shearer moved to Vermont in 2010 and has been here ever since! She now lives in Thetford. Outside of school, she loves to spend time outdoors. She enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and exploring new places. During the summers, she is the Program Director of a local sleepaway camp for middle and high school aged girls.