Teaching is something that I’ve always wanted to do! My first classroom was run out of my home, back when I was 8 years old. I began teaching a friend how to read and write and became excited when she really did improve with my help! My mom was not thrilled when I turned our spare room into a public library and pretty much “gave away” a lot of our books. Even though much has changed since then, one thing is still the same. I still get a thrill out of teaching and helping others learn.

         My formal teaching education began when I attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J. and graduated with honors. Along with my degree in Education, I earned a minor in psychology. I got my first teaching position as a first grade teacher at Mill Lake School, back in 1984. I quickly learned that Mill Lake was a great place to teach and express my frustrated ambitions of becoming an actress, singer, piano player, president of a corporation, coach, nurse, child psychologist, stand-up comic, motivational leader, scientist, historian, nutritionist, professional organizer, public speaker, and so many other careers! I left Mill Lake in 1994 to raise my family: Caitlin (age 29), Steven (age 27) and Jaclyn (age 26). During this time, I kept my teaching/educational skills sharp by tutoring, reading, instructing my own children, volunteering at church, and writing educational articles for a local magazine. Yes, I was also a pretty visible parent volunteer who would jump at the chance to teach lessons whenever possible.

         I was fortunate to be able to come back to Mill Lake School as a 2nd grade teacher in 2002 and am still currently teaching fabulous 2nd graders! I was known as Ms. Quinn for many, many years, but got married to Mr. Shea in 2021, gaining a wonderful husband and 2 step-daughters (Jamie 21 and Kelly 22). Just when I thought my heart was as full as it could get, along came my granddaughter Lilianna, a 1 year old who will be a future student at Mill Lake one day!   

         I still feel passionate about what I’m doing and am excited to be part of such an important process – preparing our kids for the future as members of society in all ways! I strongly believe in the Golden Rule: Teaching other people’s kids the same way that I liked my own children, (and grandchild), to be taught! 

        I will make you 2 promises... to bring out your child's best potential with every teaching "trick", method or strategy I have gained in my experience along the way and to do my best to keep our home school communication lines open and continuous, keeping parents "in the loop" as much as possible. I am really looking forward to teaching your child this school year!


    Mrs. Shea