Mrs. Jennifer Aro

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Mrs. Jennifer Aro

Hello! This is my 12th year teaching 3rd grade at RSES and my second year specializing in math. I love teaching because I get to spend my day helping students set and achieve goals higher than they ever thought possible! 
 
On a personal note, I have been married for 22 years and have two amazing children! My son is pursuing a degree in Operations Research at the U.S. Naval Academy. My daughter is studying sociology at BMCC and aspires to one day impact the development of children living in Manhattan. 
 
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, biking, and spending time at the beach with my family. My favorite color is purple. Go Orioles! Go Ravens!
Mrs. Ashley Ashley

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Mrs. Ashley Ashley

Hello! This is my 11th year teaching with it being my 5th year at RSES. I have taught 4th, 1st, and 3rd grade. I love teaching reading and I love that I get to teach it all day. I believe books can take you anywhere!

When I'm not teaching I love to spend time with my daughter, Hailey, who will be starting Kindergarten this year, and my husband, Matt, of 10 years. My family lives in Rising Sun with our 2 labs that love to play and act like lap dogs.

I am looking forward to spending time reading, writing, and having fun together!

Mrs. Elizabeth Basht

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Mrs. Elizabeth Basht

Hello! This is my 7th year teaching at RSES. I love teaching reading because I LOVE books!  One of my favorite things about teaching is watching students get excited about reading and looking forward each day to diving into our book! 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family on our farm. My husband Steve and I have a blended family of five children: Jake, Hannah, Sydney, Alyson, and Colby. The two oldest Jake and Hannah attend college, Sydney and Alyson are at Rising Sun High School, and Colby goes to Rising Sun Middle. Our farm is a peaceful place where we take care of our cat, many dogs, goats, ducks, and chickens. 

I love to travel and explore new places. My favorite vacation spot to relax is the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. I love reading, cooking, hiking, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family. 

Ms. Lorraine Bell

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Ms. Lorraine Bell

I am in my 18th year at RSES, 17 of those years teaching 3rd grade.  I am the mother of 3 sons: Ryan, age 26, Justin, age 25 and Spencer, age 19.  I began teaching 21 years ago because it was a lifelong dream to work with kids, and I couldn't be happier with this life changing decision.  

I also run a variety of after school clubs, I am active in the teacher's union, and on the Oxford School Board. I will be running for mayor of Oxford this fall. 

Improving and supporting all aspects of education has always been a passion.  In my free time I enjoy reading, long drives, and spending as much time as possible in Lewes, DE.  The beach is my 'Happy Place".  

Mrs. Heather Ciolek

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Mrs. Heather Ciolek

Hello!  I am pleased to be joining the third grade team at Rising Sun Elementary School.  This is my 22nd year as an elementary school teacher.  I have always enjoyed working with children, so becoming a teacher was an easy decision.  I began my teaching career in Dayton, Ohio in a third grade classroom.  After relocating to Maryland I taught 1st, 4th, and 5th grades in Carroll County.  During the past 11 years I have worked in Cecil County, where I have taught 5th and 3rd grades.
 
I was born in southern New Jersey, where my family operated a dairy farm.  I grew to respect animals and I was very active in 4-H.  Just before high school my family moved to Elizabethtown, PA.  Today I live in Oxford, PA with my husband and two very active children, which we were blessed to adopt.  My daughter, Zoey, is excited to be in second grade this year, and my son, Cody, is looking forward riding the bus for the first time to kindergarten. 
 
My career and family keep me very busy, but when I get a few spare minutes I enjoy reading mystery novels and thrillers, running, hiking, cooking, going to the beach, and spending time with friends.  My favorite color is purple, my favorite foods are pizza and dark chocolate, and my favorite sports team is the Eagles.  I am looking forward to a great school year at RSES!