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Family is very important to me. We have four amazing children. Jordan is in 11th grade. He enjoys playing baseball and football. Dillon is in 8th grade. He plays soccer, basketball, and runs cross country. Landon is in 6th grade. He plays soccer, baseball, basketball, and runs cross country. Mya is our baby girl. She was born on July 3rd, two minutes before midnight! When we are not at a sporting event, we can usually be found snuggled up watching movies or at the beach.
I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. I currently hold a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Behavioral Studies.
While I hold degrees, certifications, and professional experiences in many areas, I truly feel that it is my calling to serve in the school setting. I have not found anything more rewarding than to watch students grow academically, socially, and emotionally, and to know that I have been a part of that process. I have previous experience in the general education classroom, E.C. classroom, and resource setting.
My goal in life is to be a life-long learner. I truly believe that we are all capable of learning something new every day.
I believe that all children can learn. It is my job to meet them where they are, discover their interests/talents/abilities, and use that knowledge to teach in a way that not only helps them be successful but to develop a love for learning. Cross-curricular connections should be made whenever possible. Learning should be fun! I want each student to become a life-long learner. Teaching is more than academics. It is also the social and emotional development of each child. The classroom should be a safe place for all students to express themselves while learning about others. When students leave my classroom, it is my goal that they not only master the academic content but that they are critical thinkers and problem-solvers, they are creative and curious, they become team players who can work well with others even if they have different interests and opinions, and they are ready to become a global citizen who appreciates the beauty of the diversity in our ever-changing world.
The Guide to 1st Grade (article & resources)
"Review general curricula for first grade, learn what to expect for each subject, and discover the books and activities you can use at home to support learning in the classroom."