•                                                   P.J. McHugh. Grade 4. Room C202

    Welcome to Fourth Grade! 
    My name is Paula Jo (P.J.) McHugh.  I am a mother of three, and recognize how hectic a home can become on any given school night.  I believe in building a sense of community in a classroom, thus creating an environment that allows for risk taking and student accountability for their learning. High expectations are set for each student, but so is consideration for the unique needs and learning styles each student brings to the classroom. Mistakes are welcome, as it how we learn our greatest lessons. I invite you to be active in your child's education, as we help them develop academically, socially, and emotionally to be confident learners.
    My secondary education began with my undergraduate studies at La Salle University, where I received a dual certification in elementary/special education.  Upon graduation, I obtained a teaching position in the Pennsauken School District in Pennsauken, New Jersey. My experiences in the district allowed for me to open a transitional kindergarten class, instruct a preschool special needs population, and lastly as an elementary teacher of those with perceptual needs. It was during these early years that I received my Masters in Education from Beaver College, which is now recognized as Arcadia University.
    It was after the birth of my second child, that I made the decision to remain home.  During this time I substituted, took courses for continuing education, and became active in my children's educations.  In September, 2005, my third and youngest entered first grade and I entered the Neshaminy School District. I came to the district as a learning support teacher, and have had the pleasure of working with grades three, four and five in various capacities. In 2014, my career path presented me with the opportunity to have a classroom of my own, instructing fourth grade. It is here that I continue to learn from and grow with the children in our Tawanka community.