About the Teacher
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.
This is my eighth year to teach public school. I have experience in both first and second grades. I spent four years teaching preschool as well. Additionally, I spent eight years homeschooling my three children, teaching all subjects from preschool through fifth grade. I feel very lucky to have experienced teaching on many levels and in many ways! I have taught at Walls Elementary School, Hope Sullivan Elementary School, and Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Desoto County. I am excited to be teaching closer to home at Hernando Hills this fall! Working with children brings me joy; I believe that I have been blessed with a gift for connecting with kids. Additionally, I LOVE to learn, and it's thrilling to be able to share this enthusiasm with young minds and hearts. Finally, I am passionate about teaching children about what REALLY matters in life: how to give and receive love and respect, how to begin a journey that will lead to a future full of hope, and how to GROW up and make a difference in the world.
In February 2018, I was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for Hope Sullivan Elementary School; and wonderfully, I was further awarded the Teacher of the Year award for Desoto County Schools. I am grateful for these honors! They spur me on to continued growth as an educator. I can't imagine a more fulfilling career than one that contributes to the success of children and their communities.
I grew up in Belleville, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. I've been blessed to live in several states, including Maryland, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi. I've even lived abroad--I spent one year (2012-13) in Togo, a beautiful country in West Africa. This was a life-changing experience that has deepened my appreciation for different people, places, cultures and languages.
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mother of three beautiful children.
These are a few of my favorite things:
Finding Patterns & Connections in Math
Journaling and Writing Short Stories & Poems
Music & Drama
Cooking & Baking
Thanksgiving & Christmas
My Beautiful Family
This week, we will read The Legend of the Bluebonnet and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, two tales recorded by Tomie de Paola. We will compare and contrast the two legends, as well as think about the author's purpose in recording them, and the lessons dePaola wanted to share with his readers. We will also read an article about the Mayflower and watch a short video of this famous ship and the difficult voyage made by the Pilgrims. We will make Mayflower art and write about whether or not we would want to have sailed to the New World!
Compare and Contrast Two Versions of the Same Story
Determine a story's message/author's purpose
Math--We will skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s. We will add/subtract ten and one hundred from a given number. We will have a test on Friday.
Writing--We will continue to take research notes as we read about a native American tribe, the Wampanoag. We will read about the role this group of people played in the first Thanksgiving. We will also continue to learn about verbs.
Spelling- We will work on spelling the "long a" sound as well as the /or/ sound (see link to newsletter for a list of Spelling words). This week our Spelling test will consist of 15 of our review words and two application words. Also, students will be required to write two complete sentences, each with a Spelling word and with all words spelled correctly.