I believe that ALL children deserve an opportunity to experience success as a learner and to receive an education that enables them to realize their potential. At an individual level, education provides the foundation necessary to become a healthy, productive member of society. At a societal level, education is the only possible cure for our most significant problems: poverty, hunger, intolerance. ALL of our children need a path to success, and as adults, it is our responsibility to help them find it. Why ASMS? Our students enter as children and leave as young adults. What could be more exciting than watching and participating in the tremendous growth and maturation of our children as learners and community members? Our students, faculty members, and parents teach me something every day, they make me laugh, and they bring me great joy. No other professional experience could be better than that!.
The middle school years are a critical and influential point in time for a young person. I was set on my path to engineering by a middle school science teacher, so I personally have benefited from educators who truly care and have a passion for the development and success of young people. That passion is contagious and students can't help but get engaged. Beyond the academics, I love that the mission of ASMS sets the stage for the development of foundational soft skills like tolerance, respect, and kindness that will serve young people well in the rest of their academic, professional, and personal lives.
I became a teacher because I believe that every child deserves a champion at school, a person who believes wholeheartedly in their ability to be successful. The formative middle school years should be a time when students develop strong habits of mind, healthy relationships, and a passion for learning. This is done best by surrounding students with committed teachers and fostering a safe, challenging learning environment. ASMS puts the students' best interests as the guiding star for all the decisions, and this allows the school to be a leader in middle-years education. I am so grateful to be part of this community!
B.S. Natural Resources (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
California Teacher's Certification (California State University, Fresno)
M.S. Science Education (Montana State University, Bozeman)
Graduate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching (Johns Hopkins University)
Began my career in education: 1997
Began at ASMS: 2020
Dr. Erin Perry
Director of Student Services
The middle school years are an exciting time of change in an individual's life. While from an outsider's perspective it may seem to be a time of struggle and conflict, it is also a time where an individual may begin to develop into an analytical thinker who is a respectful, responsible, and independent learner. I am in education to help students, families, and educators create an environment that is conducive to academic, ethical, and moral development. By offering support and guidance, I hope to help each student identify and develop their strengths and find their own paths to success.
M.A./C.A.S./Psy.D. School Psychology (Alfred University)
One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.
If I can make a difference in the life of one child, then I have succeeded.
"Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence." - Abigail Adams
It gives me such joy to watch the enthusiasm and energy students put into everything they do. Their intensity for learning about the world around them is amazing to see. It is a privilege to be witness to the process and share in the growth.
After having two children of my own, I learned that children learn in distinctly different ways. I enjoy the challenge of learning the different ways and developing tools and techniques necessary to reach each child.