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    Meet Mrs. Nordt!

    My name is Mrs. Magdalene K. Nordt and I am a third grade general program teacher at Dr. Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century School.  This 2014-15 school year I am entering my 18th year of service to the Perth Amboy School District.  My experience throughout these years in the district has been diverse, beginning with my employment in Food Service reviewing lunch applications, moving on to school secretary, next to paraprofessional, and finally to teacher.

    In 2004, I graduated summa cum laude from Kean University as a Project RITE Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education and Communication/Public Speaking.  I earned two NJ teaching certifications,  a P-3 certification ( Pre-School to Third Grade ) and a K-8 certification ( Kindergarten to Eighth Grade ).  I also have a Masters Degree in School Counseling and am a National Certified Counselor.

    I served as School Leadership Council Chairperson at Dr. Richardson School for 2 years.  In addition, I had the honor of being selected as 2010 Teacher of the Year for Dr. Richardson School. 

    I am a happily married mother of 3 daughters.  Additionally, I have a beautiful dog named Kaiyo and a very funny African grey parrot named Coco.  

    I love to dance, but my big passion is tap dancing!  I also enjoy all aspects of the arts, visual and performing.  When time permits I attempt a new crocheting project.  So far I am proficient at making hats and scarves.

    My travels have taken me to some interesting and special places such as Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Aruba and Great Britain.  A true dream of mine is to one day visit Africa.  A quick visit to my classroom and you’ll understand.  My room is the home of the Chinese Dragon, but also many, many giraffes.  Yes, the giraffe is my favorite animal, and I hope to one day experience a safari to explore the natural habitat of this glorious creature.

    As for my philosophy of education, I believe that educational opportunities belong to all human beings, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disabilities.  In addition, I believe that strong academic fundamentals are essential in forming the necessary foundation for the continuum of education.  This spotlights the early years of education as a most powerful aspect of the learning process, underscoring the importance of the role of the elementary school teacher. 

    So many wonderful children have graced my classroom...such an honor, I am blessed!