Mrs. LaPenta grew up in Marysville. She graduated from Mansfield University. She began teaching at Tri-Community Elementary in 1998. After teaching first grade for 5 years, she was moved to third grade for 2 years, followed by second grade for 5 years, then three years in fourth grade. This will be her eighth year teaching fifth grade. This is her third year at Paxtang.Mrs. LaPenta is married to Chuck and they have 3 children; Alana is 19 years old, Emma is 18 years old, and CJ is 15 years old. She lives in Lemoyne, PA with two dogs, four cats, and a chinchilla named Dobby.