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Ms. Fernanda Canales

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to live in the United States in the 70's. My primary language is Spanish. I learned English when I was 14. I went to college in Boston where I received a degree in education. My first teaching jobs were in Boston. When my daughter was born, my family made the permanent move to Goshen. My husband and I raised two children in Addison County. I received a master's degree in education in 1991. I have been teaching in public schools in Addison and Rutland Counties since 1991. In the 30 years of my educational career, I have been an educator in alternative schools, a bilingual teacher, a librarian, a classroom teacher and an administrator. All these experiences have helped me to understand many kinds of learners and to work with families in providing the best educational services for their children.

When I am not thinking about school, I enjoy reading, knitting, hiking, cross country skiing, kayaking, and gardening. Soon I hope to fulfill a life-long life dream of mine, which is to learn wood working. A close connection with nature energizes and sustains me.

My biggest motivation are the children. Seeing their enthusiasm when learning, helping them through their struggles and watching them grow is a daily inspiration. I often say that my heart is full of children!