Abbey has 15 years of teaching experience at Allendale Columbia. As AC’s Reading Specialist, she works with students in Pre-Primary and Lower School, teaching one-on-one and also in small groups. Abbey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education at SUNY Geneseo and is dual certified in elementary and special education. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Violin Performance and Master of Science Degree in Education with a focus in reading.

What do you like most about your job?
I love encouraging my students to believe that they can do it. It is so exciting to watch the light bulbs turn on and see reading click for the first time!

What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
The people! I was a student teacher before I became a faculty member at AC, and I was immediately and wholeheartedly welcomed into the unique community we have at our school. For 14 years, my colleagues and my students (many of whom I have year after year) have become like a family to me. I can’t imagine finding this kind of community anywhere else.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson