• About me

         Hello!  I am a fifth grade teacher at Central and  I have been here for 13 years.  Before I became a teacher here, I substituted in the district for two years. While I stayed at home with my children,  I taught part-time at a Gifted and Talented program for 10 years. Before that, I taught for 2 years in Newark at a Catholic School, and 1 year in East Brunswick.  I graduated from Rutgers College, and I have a Master's in Special Education from St. Elizabeth's College.  I have taken  many post-graduate courses and now I have my plus 30.

           I am fortunate to call myself a  Madison resident.  I have a loving, supportive husband, who I've been married to for 27 years. I have 3 beautiful children who all went to Central!  My  son is a graduate of Rutgers University (Go RU!).  My middle daughter is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland this year (go Terps!) and my youngest daughter is a sophmore at Rutgers Business School this fall!  I love the Madison school system, and I am extremely proud to be a teacher here.

         I believe that fifth grade is a very important step for your child.  It is the beginning of independence, a year where you may feel not as needed.  That is just not true!  You are needed in a different way.  This is a year where expectations rise as your child is getting ready for the wonderful junior school. I truly want your child to have the understanding that they can solve their problems, not have you solve their problems.  This may be a change in how you have handled situations in the past.  If your child is having difficulty with homework, they should write me an e-mail and ask for help.  We can set up an appointment for the morning to go over the assignment.   Fifth grade is a time to start to have a bit of independence and a time to gain confidence about solving their own problems.  I will be here for your child to help with this process.  Together we are going to have a great year!

         I also want to stress that if something is going on at home,  please let me know.  I will keep all information confidential.  If there is a problem, even if you feel it is minor, it may be blocking your child's ability to learn.  Please keep me in the loop.  It really does matter.

         E-mail is the best way to get in touch.  My e-mail is duffym@madisonnjps.org.

         I can't wait to begin the new school year!  I look forward to meeting your child, and for a short time, making them "mine!" 

Last Modified on August 28, 2019