Mrs. Osborne and Ms. Guntulis
Best First Day Ever!
Today was all about beginnings and introductions. We have begun the process of building our classroom community with learning about each other and the rhythms of the day. It was a great beginning and we can tell it is going to be a great year!
A little about Ms. Guntulis
Welcome to 4th grade! I am Nicky Guntulis and I am starting my 22nd year of teaching this year and my 13th year at Fleming. I started my teaching career in Brattleboro, VT teaching a first and second grade multi-age class and then moved to Richmond, VT where I taught a first and second grade looping class for 6 years. The past 13 years I have worked at Fleming as the Math Specialist, a Learning Specialist and this year starts my 9th year back in the classroom teaching 4th grade. I actually grew up in Essex Junction on Killoran Drive, where my parents still live and I attended Hiawatha for my K-5 years. I have three children who keep me quite busy. Jack is a sophmore at UVM and Cam is 16 and will be a junior at the high school. Reese is 13 and she will be in 8th grade this year and she is excited to be playing field hockey. We have a rescue kitty named Gizmo and this summer we said goodbye to our sweet pup Lucy, who was 14. She was the sweetest, happiest dog I ever had, but she lived a really great life and gave us so much love. This summer I hiked a lot, did some paddle boarding and learned how to golf which was a lot of fun. Although I am not ready for the PGA just yet. :) I am really looking forward to this school year with your children and teaming with Ms. Osborne.
A little about Ms. Osborne
Hello! I am Carmel Osborne and I am the 4th grade literacy teacher on Team Synergy. I am thrilled to be part of your child’s education this year. This will be my 15th year teaching and my second year at Thomas Fleming. I grew up in New Jersey and came to Vermont to attend the University of Vermont. At UVM, I double majored in psychology and studio art, fell in love with the Green Mountains, learned to snowboard so I could enjoy the long beautiful winters, and met my husband! After college, I explored other cities, created and taught art, and realized that I wanted to be a teacher. I earned a Master’s degree in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, and returned to VT for a second time and started my teaching career in Milton. Then in 2011, my growing family followed an opportunity that took us just outside NYC. I continued teaching and began to pursue a doctorate degree in Teacher Education. All the while, traveling up to VT most weekends to snowboard, hike, and explore. After several years and too many long car rides, it became undeniable that VT would need to become home. Last summer with 3 kids and 1 dog in tow, my husband and I made our third and final move to VT. We could not be happier to call Essex Junction home and all of you part of our community. This summer was our first official summer back and we spent long days swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and gardening. It was so wonderful to enjoy all that Vermont has to offer. I look forward to getting to know all of you!
A Little Glimpse From Today
We celebrate birthdays in our own special way in the classroom as we LOVE BIRTHDAYS! We are not allowed to send in food treats due to our district wellness policy but be assured that we definitely make everyone feel special on their day. It is ok to send in birthday “trinkets” on their special day as long as it is for the whole class. Please do not send birthday invites to school to pass out, feelings often get hurt when some friends are invited and others are not. Please either mail them or hand them out to friends outside of school.
The best way to reach either of us is by email. We check email every morning and try to get to it during the day as well. We can be reached at school by phone but often do not check voice messages until the end of the day. If it is an emergency or you need to let us know about a change in how your child is getting home please let our school secretary, Mrs. Aldrich, know when you call and she will get the message to us (878-1381). Please do not leave messages about dismissal on our voicemail as we do not always hear it before the end of the day. You can email us changes in dismissal but please attach Mrs. Aldrich to the email as well so we both see it. If you do not hear back from us via email letting you know we received the email, please call the office to make sure the message has been seen especially if it pertains to dismissal for that day.