First Grade

Amanda Brady
Amanda Brady joined Seven Generations in the fall of 2010 and worked as a one-to-one paraprofessional for first and second grades, and currently teaches first grade. Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2008 from East Stroudsburg University, and worked as a kindergarten teacher before finding our school. Prior to that, she worked in the dental field for ten years before returning to school to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. She was drawn to Seven Generations’ mission, vision and “out of the box” approach to teaching our youth, believing that all children learn in different ways and at different paces. “Being a teacher is the most rewarding job in the sense that every day I get to go to work and make a difference, or impact a child’s life in a positive way.” 

Born in the Lehigh Valley, Amanda now lives in Bethlehem with her husband, Jimmy, and two sons, David, Lukas and Cooper. Amanda enjoys cooking, being outdoors, fishing and crabbing, vacations at the beach or enjoying summer nights outside on the patio. There’s no better time spent in her life than with her family. Contact Amanda Brady at amanda.brady@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?
I am so lucky to work with such an amazing group of people every day. It’s an amazing feeling to go to work every day and truly LOVE your job. I love the students, the staff, and the extended Seven Gen community. Our school truly is a “web of life.”


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Kayla Dancho
Kayla Dancho attended Moravian College, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and an elementary education certification. While studying at Moravian, she also coached the Bethlehem Stars and Hanover Stingrays swim teams, and spent summers working as a lifeguard and teaching swim lessons. After graduation, she took a job with Catapult Learning as a Title I teacher, working with small groups of students in reading and math. From 2011 until 2015, she worked in a Baltimore City Public Charter School as a fifth grade and first grade teacher. She taught third grade at Seven Generations for the 2016 school year.

Kayla enjoyed teaching at a charter school while in Baltimore City, and felt that a charter would be the best fit for her as a teacher. She was familiar with Seven Generations Charter School and excited by its mission and vision. Seven Generations offers her an opportunity to learn and grow with her students each day in a meaningful and exciting context.

Outside the classroom, Kayla enjoys swimming, taking her son for walks, and spending time with family and friends. She loves to cook and enjoys experimenting with new ingredients and recipes. She also enjoys reading and makes sure to read for at least one hour each day. Contact Kayla Dancho at kayla.dancho@sevengen.org.

 


 

 

 

Melissa Riccuitti

Currently, I live near Valley Forge, PA, but I plan to move to the Hatfield area in the fall to be a little closer to 7Gen.  I graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education. Right after graduating, I started working at Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaching environmental education through summer camp, field trips, and off site programs. I continue to work at Riverbend in the summers because I love teaching outside! Also, I was a substitute teacher for STS for three years working in various schools in Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties. Last year at 7Gen, I was a LTS 1st grade teacher, and then a substitute teacher for all grades. I am very excited to be back in 1st grade this year!

I have wanted to be a teacher since I was in 1st grade. I was inspired by my teacher’s dedication to her students. Growing up, I loved helping others and learning about all subjects in school, so I became a teacher to help my students love learning as much as I do! Seven Gen is the perfect school for me because not only do I love learning, but I also love being outside in nature. Seven Gen allows me, as a teacher, to have fun and be creative, and I enjoy seeing my students learn to care about the natural world around them.

 My favorite hobby is reading! I love collecting books, and I hope to have a library in my house someday. I also love being outside, especially hiking, kayaking, and going to the beach. In my free time, I enjoy painting, yoga, cooking, spending time with my family and friends, and playing with my dog, Sadie.


Angela Waldraff

Angela Waldraff moved around a lot when she was younger. She was born in Hawaii but also lived in California, Maryland, Indiana, Florida and in Harrogate, England for six years. While in Florida, she fulfilled a dream of working at Disney World. That’s where she met her husband in 1993, and in 2001 they moved to Pennsylvania to be near his family. Angela earned her B.S. in elementary education in 2009 from Cedar Crest College, with Elementary Certification K-6. She completed her student teaching in first grade, in Allentown, and in fifth grade, in Parkland School District. Before that, she was a MOPS (Mothers of Pre-School) lesson and craft organizer and a Girl Scout leader for 3 years. During Seven Generations first year she spent time as a guest teacher, teaching in all grades, as well as Spanish, IDEA, Play and Music. In fall of 2010, Angela became a first grade teacher at Seven Generations.

She and her husband, Pete, live in Lower Macungie with their two daughters, Ashley and Madison. Her girls are the joy of her life and the reason why she went back to school to get her education degree. She feels that education is one of the most important things in life; she knew that she not only needed to tell her daughters that, but to show them as well. Her family loves to travel together, revisiting Disney World or spending summers at the shore, walking on the beach and playing in the sand. On her own time, Angela enjoys reading (often a book a day while on vacation).Contact Angela Waldraff at angela.waldraff@sevengen.org.

What is it like to teach at Seven Generations?

Working at Seven Generations has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Each day is an adventure and not only a learning opportunity for my students, but a chance for me to learn from my students. I love working with all the members of the Seven Gen community from students, to parents, and staff. I enjoy helping each child find their place in the world through education at a place where they feel they belong and know they are loved, safe and secure.

 

Photos: Olaf Starorypinski