All About Mrs. Spina
BooksThis is my eighth year teaching sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Grover Cleveland Middle School.  Prior to arriving at GCMS, I taught at James Caldwell High School for a year.  I also coached Chiefs junior varsity cheerleading for a few years! 
Before I became a teacher, I graduated from Livingston High School in 2000 and then went to Boston College.  I graduated from BC in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education.  I also obtained my Master's in Special Education from Kean University in 2006 while working as a graduate assistant in the Music Department.  I also just earned my Supervisor's Certificate from Montclair State University.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, travelling, and spending time with my family.  My favorite authors include Lois Lowry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and John Grisham.  Although I was an English major in college, American History was my favorite subject in high school.  I especially enjoy the era of the Roaring '20s! 
I am very excited to be teaching 6th grade Lanugage Arts and Social Studies at GCMS.  I anticipate many years of learning and fun!
Fun Facts:
  • I got married on July 19, 2008.  You may have siblings or relatives who know me as Ms. Howarth!
  • My favorite TV shows are Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • When I was in high school, I trained for the Junior Olympic Field Hockey Team.
  • My daughter, Olivia Marie, was born on October 16, 2010 (the day I was supposed to have my baby shower!!).

  • Color: Blue
  • Food: Sushi
  • Drink: Coffee (Dunkin Donuts OR Starbucks!!)
  • Vacation Spot: Hawaii
  • Band: The Beatles
  • Movie: Mean Girls
  • Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzerald and The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Subject when I was in 6th grade: Art 


Last Modified on September 16, 2014