Mrs Melissa Bocek
Current Position: 6th grade Mathematics
Years Teaching: 10 years
A.S. Business from Asnuntuck Community College
B.S. Business from Western New England University
M. Ed Education from Jones International University
6th Year Certificate/Diploma Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Mathmatics from UCONN
Mrs. Bocek began her career in the banking industry. She then transitioned into a legal secretary position at a law firm. Next she decided to work for Hamilton Standard a division of UTC related to manufacturing aircraft products. She started out as an executive secretary for the electronics department and soon was promoted to buyer, then senior buyer. She was then asked to work for the IT department, as a specialist, to train people in various branches all over the world. The satisfaction of educating others was intense and fulfilling, so she decided to pursue a teaching career. Mrs. Bocek has worked at Vernon Center Middle School since 2007 with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students teaching mathematics, as a math interventionist and also as a classroom teacher. She was named Teacher of the Year 2012 for Vernon Public Schools.
Mrs. Bocek was the cheerleading coach at VCMS from 2007 through 2013 and also been involved with various after school activities throughout the years. Mrs. Bocek has been involved in twirling baton since the age of 7 and has represented CT at national level competitions. She has coached baton twirling, organized competitions for CT, and actively judges at events all over the country. She is owner of Melissa's Majorettes since 1998 and has assisted her students in achieving titles for CT, MA, and the Northeast as well as various team events. She also enjoys all outdoor activities including hiking, biking, gardening, tennis, and golfing, just to name a few.
Mrs. Maria Goodman
Current Position: Math Intervention teacher
Years Teaching: 13 years
B.S. in Finance from University of Connecticut
M.A. in Education from Lesley University
Mrs. Goodman began her career in education at Vernon Center Middle School as the Math Title I teacher. She was in that position for 3 years then moved on to teach 7th grade math, followed by 6th grade math. She has been a teacher at VCMS for 13 years.
Mrs. Goodman enjoys reading and learning about the universe, and anything that has to do with the physical aspects of the universe, from black holes to the composition of atoms. She also likes to read novels, especially science fiction or Russian novels. Mrs. Goodman also enjoys sewing, and together with Mrs. Mickewicz, runs the Sewing Club at VCMS. Along with many other projects, she has made several quilts for her family.