First Grade Virtual Academy
My name is Kate McCawley and I am so excited to be teaching first grade literacy this year! This will be my fourth year working for the Essex Westford School District. Prior to joining EWSD, I taught 4th and 6th grade, worked as a reading recovery teacher, and was a literacy specialist both K-6 and 7-12. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Champlain College and a masters degree in Teaching and Curriculum with a concentration in Literacy from Michigan State University. In my free time, you can find me adventuring with my husband and our twins, Micah and Cassidy. I love being outside and taking in all that Vermont has to offer. Some of my favorite outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, fishing, skiing (both downhill and nordic), and camping.
My name is Jessica Vest. I grew up in Central Vermont and currently live in Barre, Vermont. I am very excited to be teaching first grade through the Virtual Academy. I am passionate about building positive relationships with students and families, and can’t wait to get to know all of you. I graduated from Northern Vermont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and also have a degree in Early Childhood Education. I have 10 years of experience working in schools in a variety of roles and have most recently focused on behavioral intervention using Applied Behavior Analysis.
I’m married and have a daughter and three sons. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and learning new things.
Erica Moy - First Grade Math
What to Expect with SeeSaw
All students will have a synchronus lesson at a common time in the morning. Synchronus means students will engage in course activities at a specific date/time. This means everyone will be required to be online for this as it is a daily, scheduled event.
Attendence is how we ensure participation and learning is taking place. Students will work primarily in SeeSaw, which is a learning application. A teacher will send an invitation with a link, in an email to families. Watch the video below to learn more.
Assignments will be given through the app. When the teacher posts something new in SeeSaw, families can be notified via app notification, email or SMS. Watch the video below to see how to help your child set up SeeSaw for their learning.
Connecting with SeeSaw - Parent Training
Outside of receiving assignments, completing homework and teacher communications, which will all take place in Google Classroom, we will also educational software for remote learning.
Other software we may use for learning includes:
- Please return for more later
If you click on the software name and it has a link, you will see login information for this software.