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Mrs. Kathleen Nealon
I am Mrs. Kathleen Nealon and I am thrilled to embark on another year as a Trailside Timber Wolf! Originally from Long Island, I graduated from Queens College in New York with my Bachelor in Education and then continued to get my Masters in Reading. I taught for four years in Maryland before moving to Loudoun County where Mrs. Beichler and I taught second grade together at Meadowland Elementary. I took some time off to stay home with my four kids, but I returned to teaching seven years ago when Trailside opened. I have three children at JMU now. Shannon is in grad school studying to become a teacher, Timmy is a junior and Ryan is a freshman. Molly is a junior at Stone Bridge High School.
In my free time, I love to read and travel. When Molly was younger, we combined these two loves and started visiting places that we have read in our books. We have taken pictures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY with The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, in Times Square in NY with The Cricket in Times Square, and at The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. with Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, just to name a few.
What I look forward to the most this year is seeing my students every day, even virtually, and getting to know each of them and hearing their stories. In the past, their stories might have been about summer adventures, camps, and sports. Some of this may have changed with our current situation, but there are still stories there; struggle and achievement stories, family together time and favorite TV show stories, and then just the everyday life stories. Each of the student's stories will give me an opportunity to connect to them and hopefully help me to put the right book in their hands.
Without stories we are all just eating machines with shoes. ~Roald Dahl