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Teacher Spotlight: Nancy Lamb


me: Nancy Lamb

Grade: 1st

Your background:

I attended Norwalk Public Schools – Fox Run, Ponus Ridge and Brien McMahon High School. I received my undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. I graduated with a double major English and Criminal Justice. I received my Master’s degree in Education from Sacred Heart University.

How long have you been teaching?

This is my 28th year teaching at Marvin Elementary School. I taught 1 year in 5th grade and all the rest in 1st grade.

What do you love about teaching 1st grade?

I love everything about teaching the younger students. It’s always exciting to watch the kids learn and discover new things. I love listening to them share stories and laugh. It’s so important for the kids to build positive relationships in school with each other and the teachers.

What is your favorite subject or lesson to teach?

Recently, I’ve really started to enjoy teaching Math to the students. I love all the new hands-on activities we’ve been able to do with the kids. It’s fun to watch them independently problem solve using all different strategies and then sharing what they’ve learned with each other.

Who inspired you to become a teacher?

Growing up, I had wonderful teachers in Norwalk. In elementary school, Mrs. Schauman was always so patient and kind. She taught me the importance of reading and learning. In middle school, Mrs. Steinfeld taught me how fun and exciting teaching can be when you truly love what you do.

A fun fact about you!

My first-grade team of teachers is amazing! A fun fact about that is – this is not the first team Mrs. Palmer and I have been on together. Over 40 years ago when we were in middle school, we played on the same Norwalk Parks and Recreation basketball team😊!!!

We know how hard teachers are working in this unprecedented year. What has been your biggest learning, take away or success thus far this year?

The biggest take away I’ve had so far this year is how resilient the kids are! They’ve come back to school excited and ready to learn! They wear their masks and follow all the rules that have been placed on them! This year will be a success if all the children feel safe, happy and continue to love school!

Thank you, Mrs. Lamb, for ALL you do for our Marvin students!

Why we love Mrs. Lamb!

"Nancy’s true love & passion for teaching shines in the thoughtfulness and dedication she provides to her students. After having not one but two very different kids of mine with very different learning styles in her classroom daily, it’s evident...she is a warrior in teaching. As a parent, I believe in my child’s education. Knowing it is a passport to their future and at this age, first grade...the stepping stones to their attitude and approach to learning. Everything Nancy touches turns to a learning opportunity and seeing my children thrive in such an environment with such an opportunity makes me incredibly grateful for her! Nancy is a true teacher super hero!"

- Parent, Diana Paladino Christopher

Nancy Lamb was my son’s teacher last year and we navigated the pandemic together. She was always available to talk with myself or my son, put together small groups virtually to keep the kids more connected, thought of fun things to do, and was just generally wonderful! I have also worked with her on the school walk-a-thon and I have seen firsthand how much she not only loves our school but how much she genuinely cares for our kids. We have the best teachers but she is one of the best of the best." - Jenn McMurrer, Marvin parent

“She is kind, smart, and she always helped me when I didn’t know how to do something and I liked when she read to my friends and I.” - Harrison McMurrer, former student and current 2nd grader

“I love Mrs. Lamb because she makes learning fun and she likes my jokes! She dances good, too!” – Frankie Christopher, current student

“Mrs. Lamb was the best teacher because she made her classroom fun and we learned a lot. Once I was afraid of the thunder at school and she made me feel safe and happy.” – Brayden Christopher, former student and current 2nd grader

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