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AYER — The third of four girls in her family, Page-Hilltop’s new kindergarten teacher, Rebecca Goldthwaite, has always known she wanted to be a teacher.

“I was always the teacher when I played with my sisters and friends. I loved thinking of new lessons and activities for my ‘students’ even when I was still in grade school,” she admitted.

After graduating from Groton Dunstable Regional High School, Goldthwaite moved onto Fitchburg State College, which is now Fitchburg State University. It was there that she received her bachelor’s in early childhood education. In January, she will start her graduate program there.

“My master’s program is for moderate special education,” Goldthwaite said. She explained that this is an area of interest for her because her younger sister has mild Tourette syndrome, and she has always wanted to be able to support families that have children with different abilities.

When asked why she wanted to become a kindergarten teacher, the answer came very easily for her.

“I love this age and I love watching the students’ progress and the amazing academic, social and emotional growth that occurs during the kindergarten year. I am also looking forward to helping my students have a really solid, positive first step into their school career.”

Goldthwaite wants her students to know that she is here for them and that she is looking forward to learning as much from them as she hopes they will learn from her. As for the parents, she would like for them to get to know the school and its community, and she would also like to give them the skills and tools to continue the learning that happens at school, at home.

“I want parents to know that my door is always open to them and that I look forward to communicating with them all year long to ensure that their children have the best year possible. We are partners in their children’s learning.”

Outside of school, Goldthwaite, who lives in Leominster, works weekends in a home-based program for severely disabled children and she likes to read, knit and spend time with her friends and family.

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