About Mrs. Luckenbaugh
When I graduated from high school, I was uncertain about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Originally, I was a physics major in college because I loved seeing math in action. After my first year of college, I found myself working at Bowcraft Amusement Park in Scotch Plains, NJ. As the summer progressed, there were many camps that visited the park. One of those visits included many children with special needs. Working with those children, I realized what I really wanted to do with my life was work with kids, so I decided to become a special education teacher. My goal at that point was to specialize in working with deaf children. Ultimately, I was an elementary education major with a specialization in special education. When I graduated, I was hired to be the computer teacher at Herbert Hoover MS across town, and after that first year I was invited to join the math department. I taught at Herbert Hoover and Woodrow Wilson Middle Schools for many years. I recently joined the staff of Martin Luther King Elementary School, and look forward to new challenges in my career as I help fifth graders prepare for their upcoming middle school years.
Mrs. Luckenbaugh at home
The Luckenbaugh Kids!
I met my husband when we were both 18 years old while we worked at Bowcraft Amusement Park. We got married right out of college, and our first son was born a few years later. We have 4 amazing children- Justin is 21 and is a math and economics major in his junior year at Rutgers. He had an internship with MetLife as an actuarial assistant, and was hired to continue during the school year. Alex is 19 and is a starting his second year at Ramapo college, majoring in music and theater. Brandon is an 13-year-old eighth grader, and Kelsey is my sweet, 10 year old fifth grader. Living with children older and younger than my students helps me in my classroom every day. I pretty much know how kids work. My family is very involved in the performing arts. My boys all have learned musical instruments, and have been active in their school choir programs. If you attend Rutgers Football games, you will likely see my Justin singing in the men's Glee Club! They also are actors. We are very involved in The Villagers Theatre in Somerset, and I am on the Board of Directors. I will even be co-directing the children's Christmas show there (A Charlie Brown Christmas) this year! I also enjoy reading a good book and as a family we take road trips to Great Adventure, various parks and museums.