Meet the First Grade Team!

 Catherine Almeida

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Catherine Almeida

Hello, My name is Catherine Almeida and I am a first grade teacher at the STEM Academy. My husband David and I live in Merrimack, New Hampshire with our dog Charlie. In my free time I enjoy being with friends and family, relaxing with a good book and traveling.    

 Kristen Crotty

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Bachelor's of Spanish with a concentration in Elementary Education from Assumption College Masters in Teaching English Language Learners from Cambridge College

Kristen Crotty

Hello, My name is Miss Crotty, I have been a teacher for the past 11 years and I love it because I get to spend each day laughing and learning new things and I always have great stories to tell every night.  I live with my five year old daughter Samantha and all of our pets.  We love animals, we have a bulldog named Wrinkles, a bunny named Pompom, a tortoise named Sheldon, a crested Gecko named Gus, and a fish tank.  I love to dance, listen to and sing along with all types of music, cook, spend time with my family and of course being a mom. If you get to be a member of my classroom, you become a part of the awesome group known as The Crotty Kids, we work hard, and I’ll help you to challenge yourself to succeed.
 
 Melissa Kouy

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Melissa Kouy

My name is Melissa Kouy. I have been a teacher for more than 10 years. I live in Lowell with my husband and two children. On the weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and running road races.

 Cristina McCabe

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Cristina McCabe

Hello, I am Cristina McCabe.  I have been teaching in the Lowell Public Schools for over 25 years.  This is my sixth year at the STEM academy.  I am happily married to Clifford and have four children who are now adults.  I am originally from the Dominican Republic, where I taught for six years.  Spanish is my native language.  Teaching is a vocation I truly enjoy and seeing my student become life-long learners is my goal.