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Mrs. Messenger has taught English I and II at Naugatuck High School for seven years as well as coordinating and advising students in the Journalism program.

Before coming to Naugatuck, she taught 6th and 7th grades for Danbury Public Schools and at Luis Munoz Marin School in Bridgeport. Before than she I was a professional journalist for 14 years!

At the age of 15 , she got a job as a newsroom assistant at the Cape Cod Times. She went from writing calendar items to writing a regular column and news stories for this daily paper. In college, she wrote for the Ann Arbor News while attending classes at the University of Michigan. (Go Blue!) She graduated in 1993 with an honors B.A. in English.

During her junior year, she applied for a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Internship and was one of 55 chosen out of a pool of 856 hopefuls. She spent two weeks training at St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York before starting work on the copy desk of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. There, she edited stories, wrote headlines and checked reporters for accuracy and bias.

After graduation, she worked for The Pocono Record where she primarily worked on the copy desk designing pages, editing copy and writing headlines. After six months, she was offered a job at The Connecticut Post. She spent five years there as a page designer and copy editor, most notably designing the front page two or three times a week.

In 1998, She came to the Waterbury Republican-American, where she designed pages, including the Sunday front page and features pages. In 1999, she completed her student teaching at Memorial Middle School in Middlebury.

In 2004, she earned a Master’s in Oral Traditions and have nearly completed her Ph.D. in the sociology of education from Lancaster University in England.

She have two wonderful children – Emma, who will soon be eight, and Jack, who will be five on January 2.

Currently, she teaches English II and Journalism I and II at Naugatuck High School.

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