Welcome to First Grade!

    My name is Jamie DeMinco, Springfield has been my home for 16 years. I began my career as Miss Darling teaching second grade. I was hired as a long-term substitute. That September, I was offered the first grade position. I had the pleasure teaching my first group of students for two years. It was a great educational experience to get to know the children's strengths and weaknesses. I loved seeing their growth and progress during those two years. 
    I also continued my education by obtaining a Masters degree in Literacy back in 2011. I love being an educator and a role model for my students. As an educator, I try to create a fun and innovative learning experiences for my students.
    When I am not teaching, my husband, Greg, and I are busy with our two children. Lila turned nine in July, and will begin 4th grade in September. She loves gymnastics, cheerleading, playing on her playset with her friends and making projects for her family. Drew is 6 years old, and is my very active boy. He will be starting first grade this year. He loves playing in the backyard, playing with trucks and playing with his big sister. He loves watching and learning new things from her.  My family loves going on vacations to faraway places and sharing time together. This summer we traveled to Florida. We explored the Naples Zoo, rode on an airboat and explored many beaches.
    My hope is to pass on my passion for learning to my students. My goal is to give them a memorable first grade experience.