Mrs. Keim lives in New Tripoli with her husband Andy and golden retriever, Cooper.
She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters of Reading with a Reading Specialist Certification from East Stroudsburg in 2019.
After graduating from York College, she then taught 2nd grade for three years in Maryland, where she was born and raised. She started at Seven Gen in 2016, teaching 3rd grade. Mrs. Keim is excited to teach 1st grade this year!
Growing up, she had two amazing teachers that inspired her to be a teacher. They never gave up on her and truly pushed her to be the best version of herself. Ever since then, she knew she wanted to make an impact on her students, the way her teachers had made an impact on her education.
Seven Gen’s mission and environmental approach make for a unique place to work and learn, there is truly no other school like it! She feels so blessed to have found Seven Gen and thrilled to continue her adventure in 1st grade.
Mrs. Keim loves hiking and exploring new places with her dog and husband. She loves all activities involving water and being outdoor. She also enjoys making Cricut craft projects and reading. She loves going to new places and hopes to travel more in the near future. Contact Blair Keim at email@example.com.
Ms. Brennan grew up in Chester County and currently lives in Allentown. She graduated from Drexel University in 2018 with my degree in Elementary Education PK-4/Special Education PK-8. She also earned a degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College in Special Education. She has previously been employed as an early childhood center director, preschool teacher, camp counselor, substitute teacher, and behavior technician.
She discovered Seven Gen when her oldest son started kindergarten. She was immediately drawn to the learner-centered approach to education and project-based learning taking place. She then had the opportunity to be involved with Seven Gen in many different roles, and truly believe it is a special place.
In her free time, She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, visiting museums, and going to the beach.
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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 the 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 email@example.com.
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.
Chelsea Cito grew up and still resides in Bethlehem. Growing up she has always wanted to be a teacher and has gotten a lot of inspiration from her mother, a current high school teacher. She graduated from DeSales University in 2015 with her B.A. in Early Childhood Education, teaching certificate for grades pre-K-4, and Cum Laude honors. She was also awarded for being Student-Teacher of Year, 2015, among her graduating peers.
After graduating from DeSales, she went on to teach private kindergarten, substitute teach within the Pottstown School District, and lastly, teach kindergarten within the Reading School District. She has also taken on the roles of a summer camp counselor and a devoted babysitter. Before graduating in 2015, she actually student taught a semester at Seven Generations in a second-grade classroom! She is excited to be back full-time.
She was drawn to Seven Generations because of their welcoming and inclusive culture and for the emphasis on project-based and interdisciplinary learning. She loves incorporating literacy in all that she teaches because it is her favorite subject matter to teach. She also enjoys the connection to nature and the outside world.
In her free time, she is most likely reading or cooking. She is a part of her own book club and reads a new book each month with her club! She also loves cooking and usually spends each Sunday making homemade meals for herself and her family. In addition, she enjoys kayaking, traveling, wineries, riding her bike, and playing Scrabble!
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Michelle Costello, Title 1 Reading Teacher, First Grade Team Teacher
After serving as a substitute teacher at Seven Generations for the 2009-2010 school year, Michelle joined the staff full time as a Third Grade teacher in fall 2010 and moved to First Grade in fall 2013. In 2017, she began a new adventure at Seven Gen as a Reading Teacher.
Born and raised in Allentown, she earned her B.S. in elementary education and early childhood from Kutztown University and her ESL Certification from Lehigh Carbon Community College, in 2010. In addition, to substitute teaching at Seven Gen and acting as a group supervisor for preschoolers at a local childcare center, Michelle worked in the Education Department at the Lehigh Valley Zoo as a Conservation Educator. As at the Zoo, Seven Generations allows her to integrate her two main loves – teaching and nature. Living in Walnutport just minutes from Blue Mountain. Her backyard is one of her favorite places with the view of the mountain, surrounding forestry, and a variety of wildlife visitors its a relaxing atmosphere to truly take in and appreciate all of nature’s beauty.
Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly sharing her passion for the outdoors with them. She has a pet Leopard Gecko named Zoey, and a cat named Bobcat, and her favorite things to do are hiking, going to the beach, landscaping/gardening with her husband Mike and keeping up with toddler son, Maxwell.
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