About Mrs. Pierson
On August 21, 2011 I got married and became Mrs. Pierson! (Some of you may remember me as Ms. Groegler.) My husband is a police officer and before that, he was serving our country in the military. Jocelyn, my stepdaughter, is a senior this year.
I feel like Barley Sheaf has been my home for a long time! I completed my student teaching experience in First Grade with Mrs. Gillberg in the spring of 2004. The following December, I joined the Barley Sheaf Staff as a 5th Grade maternity replacement. Since then, I have taught first, second, and third grades. During that time I have "looped" twice, meaning I had my same students for two years in a row. As a Reading Recovery/Literacy Support teacher, I am able to encourage and educate students, so they can have the greatest gift...being able to read!
I went to The College of New Jersey where I graduated with a degree in Education and Sociology. I am dual-certified in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education; that means I could teach from preschool through 5th grades! I also have my Master's degree in the Art of Teaching, with a specialization in Instructional Technology. In 2015, I became certified in the Responsive Classroom Approach and am the trainer and coach for FRSD. In addition, I am a consulting teacher for the Center for Responsive Schools. This means that during the summer, I get to travel around the country and present the approach to educators and administrators. It is the most amazing opportunity to travel and meet people who are also so passionate about educating the next generation. Most recently, I have had the opportunity to write articles and publications for the Center of Responsive Schools. A book I co-authored will be released in September 2021!
I come from a teaching family, as my Mom has recently retired from over 25 years in education. For years, when she was teaching kindergarten, I spent summers and vacations during the school year in her classroom. How I loved to help decorate the room and work with the children! I feel so fortunate to have grown up with such a wonderful role-model. While in college, I worked at her school and filled in many positions. What great experiences--in some ways I feel like I have been teaching for years!