This will be my 2nd year serving as Math Specialist at Hamden Middle School. I have years of experience as an educator, teaching Middle School Math, High School Algebra I & II, and also worked as an Elementary Education Paraprofessional. While working as a Middle School Math Teacher in Bridgeport, Ct, I had the opportunity to work for the Yale STEM Gear-UP program at Yale University. I am also a TEAM Cooperating Teacher.
I graduated from Ansonia High School(2003) then received a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics(2007) from Western Connecticut State University. I then went on to the University of Bridgeport to earn a Masters of Arts in Math Education(2012) and a Sixth-Year Degree in Educational Leadership(2018). I enjoy working with all students, organizing events and activities, listening to Beyonce and Michael Jackson, and spending time with my son.
This is my first year teaching math at Hamden Middle School. I am very excited to join such a strong math team with excellent staff and an awesome vision for reaching the needs of eighth grade math students to prepare them for high school math classes and future successes. I have been teaching math for many years, most recently at an ACES school in Hamden. I received my Bachelor’s in Math Education at the University of Connecticut and my MS in Educational Psychology at Indiana University.
I am interested in environmental issues including animal rights and recycling. I also enjoy spending time with my family and 3 cats, and all the wild animals that I get to see in my backyard.
Office Hours: Monday (2:34 - 3:20)
Ms. Morgillo (House 2)
This is my third year teaching math at Hamden Middle School. It will be my sixth year teaching, I spent my first three years at Bassick High School in Bridgeport. After teaching, I am an assistant coach of the field hockey and girls ice hockey teams at Hamden High School. When I am not teaching or coaching, I enjoy going to the beach, reading and playing with my dog, Hank.
I grew up in Hamden and went through the school system, attending Church Street School, Hamden Middle School and Hamden High School. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 and then went on to earn my Masters degree in Education from Sacred Heart in 2015. Currently, I am starting my 6th Year Degree in Educational Leadership at Quinnipiac University.
Office Hours: Wednesday (2:34 - 3:20)
Ms. LaVallee (House 3)
This is my 12th year teaching math at Hamden Middle School and my 16th year of teaching. At Hamden Middle School I am the team leader of House 3 and have been for 10 years. I was honored to be named Hamden Middle Schools Teacher of the Year in 2017-2018. Currently, I am the co-advisor of the National Junior Honor Society. I started my career at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and College Math for 4 years. I coached the Wilbur Cross Girls JV soccer team for 4 years and I was also an assistant Varsity soccer coach at Hamden Hall for the next 4 years.
I graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors in Mathematics in 2003 and then with a Masters of Education in 2004. In 2010, I earned my degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University. I played soccer for Quinnipiac for 4 years and our 2000 team was inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame for being the first team to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. I still enjoy playing competitive soccer on the weekends and I love hanging out with my French Bulldog, Blue.
Office Hours: Monday (2:34 - 3:20)
Mr. Simone (House 4)
This is my 11th year teaching mathematics at Hamden Middle School. During this time I have had the opportunity to expand both my academic and extra curricular roles. While teaching Pre-Algebra and Honors Algebra I, I have also had the chance to be an ATOMIC conference presenter, SAILS teacher and co-coordinator, Lesson Study Alliance member, and curriculum writer. During the 2013-2014 school year I was named Hamden Middle School's Teacher of the Year. I have coached both boy’s soccer and boy’s baseball. Currently, I run the Green & Gold Gazette (HMS student digital newspaper) and serve as the Fall Intramural coordinator (Cross-Country).
I graduated from Quinnipiac University earning a Bachelors degree in Mathematics (2008) and a Masters degree in Teaching (2009). I was also a scholar athlete at Quinnipiac and played four years of baseball for the bobcats. I enjoy educating our youth and spending time with my family. Check out my YouTube channel for instructional math videos.