Mrs. Deborah Halpryn
Current Position: Reading, grade 6
Years Teaching: 20 years
B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America
M.S. in Reading/Language Arts from Eastern Connecticut State University
Mrs. Halpryn started working in professional theater even before graduating from Catholic University. After working for a number of performing arts organizations in the Washington D.C. and Hartford areas, she became a teacher. She has worked at VCMS for her entire teaching career. Mrs. Halpryn taught 7th grade language arts for 18 years before moving to reading intervention.
Mrs. Halpryn has been the Drama Club advisor for almost 20 years. She is also the co-chair of the Evening of Excellence committee. Outside of school, she is a Girl Scout leader and soccer mom.
Ms Jessica Grady
Current Position: 7th/8th Grade Reading/LA
Years Teaching: 5 years
B.S. English from Eastern Connecticut State University
Certification for teaching English Grades 7-12 from Central Connecticut State University
Ms. Grady began her teaching career at Rockville High School as a long-term substitute and tutor. A year later, she was enjoying teaching middle school students at Vernon Center Middle School, where she has been teaching Language Arts and Reading Intervention for the past four years. Additionally, Ms. Grady helps run The Newspaper Club.
Ms. Grady enjoys leading a healthy lifestyle as a pescetarian and as an active person. She spends a lot of time exploring the great outdoors or meeting a friend for a walk. Ms. Grady loves to explore Connecticut and New England, try new foods, and flip salvaged furniture.