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Ms. McManus is so excited to be a part of the Bowen Elementary School community as a second-grade teacher. She moved to Boston from her home state of Connecticut (go Huskies!). Prior to Bowen, Ms. McManus worked with elementary school classes in Hartford and East Hartford. While completing her master's in education at UConn, she was fortunate to get to teach for a semester at a primary school in London and explore Europe. Ms. McManus has always loved getting to learn about new cultures and incorporating these learnings in a classroom setting. When she isn’t in school, Ms. McManus loves hanging out with her family and friends, taking her dog Maeve for walks, playing pickleball or golf, and listening to Taylor Swift. She can’t wait to get to know you all soon!
Mrs. Wong, formerly known as Ms. DeRito, was born and raised in Stamford and Ridgefield, Connecticut. She and her husband Peter have two children - Jaxon and Zoe. Mrs. Wong enjoys playing most sports, but swimming and running are her favorites. She is a New York sports fan (go Yankees!) but roots for the Patriots during football season. Mrs. Wong went to UMass Amherst for her undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and Elementary Education. Mrs. Wong has been teaching in Newton since September of 2010 and has spent most of that time as a fifth grade teacher. When she's not teaching, Mrs. Wong enjoys being active outside, spending time with her family and friends, and reading. Mrs. Wong enjoys the thoughtful questions, funny stories, and creative ideas that students bring to class.