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Welcome to My Classroom!
I am excited to return to Kannapolis City Schools as an Exceptional Children's Teacher. With 21 years of experience in education, teaching children is my joy in life! I look forward to working with you and your children to bring out their very best!
Feel free to contact me by email at email@example.com or by school phone at (704) 932-4161.
College(s) Attended/Degrees Earned:
University of Florida - B.S.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte - M.Ed. Special Education
North Carolina State University - Advanced Certification in Curriculum Development & Instructional Supervision
NC Licensure Areas
Science, grades 6-12
Math, grades 6-9
Special Education, grades K-12
Academically & Intellectually Gifted, grades K-12
Curriculum & Instruction, Supervision Level II
National Board Certified Teacher, Middle Childhood Generalist
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is one of my favorite books to read with students. Milo, the book’s main character, develops an understanding that, “…it’s not just learning that’s important. It’s learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things that matters.” Children begin their early learning experiences by asking, “why?” I believe that it is important to explore the “whys” of what we are learning, and then, learn "how" this newly learned information applies in real life. When these questions are answered, learning is meaningful and becomes a lifelong journey.
What We are Studying:
Quarter 1 - Place Value, Decimals to the thousandths, Addition and Subtraction of Decimals with regrouping, Problem Solving Application using Money
Quarter 2 - Multiplication and Division Strategies and Problem Solving, Decimals continued
Quarter 3 - Fractions, Equivalent Fractions, Adding Fractions with Like Denominators, Subtracting Fractions with Like Denominators, Adding and Subtracting Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Quarter 4 - Geometry
6th Grade - Co-teaching with Mr. Thiel
5th Grade - Building skills in reading, comprehension, vocabulary development, spelling
6th Grade - Building skills in reading, comprehension, inferences, theme, plot, etc.
5th Grade - Biography Project - Amazing Women who Changed the World; Poetry
Social Skills - We use a variety of strategies to learn better communication and problem solving skills, e.g., Games, Role Playing, Character Analysis using Literature, Movie Clips, etc.
Things parents/guardians can do to help:
Here are some things that parents can do at home to help their child:
1. Read each night for at least 20 minutes. Let your child read aloud to you. Help them with difficult words and enjoy this special time together.
2. Math - Multiplication facts should be firm by the end of the year. We are having a Multiplication Sundae to celebrate success!
1. Life is busy, but reading is essential. Save 30 minutes each day for your child to read. At this age, they don't always want to read aloud but talk with them about what they are reading. Content reading such as Science and Social Studies begin to be more important. Even reading the news from the paper or online each day and discussing it.
2. Math - There are many ways to use math in every day life, such as going to the store, planning a budget, calculating time and distance to places. Engage your child in discussions and let them keep track of budgets or mileage on trips or elapsed time. The more your child can use math in the real world, the better prepared they will be for life.