It is a pleasure to begin my 18th year of public school teaching as your child’s fourth grade teacher. I am looking forward to working with all of you. This is my sixteenth year teaching here at Sierra. Before coming to Sierra, I lived and worked in Ohio. I worked at a science museum, taught fifth grade for two years and preschool for one year. While at Sierra I have taught second, fourth and fifth grades. However, my heart truly belongs to fourth graders!
While I grew up in Ohio, my husband and I moved to Arizona in 2004 and have been happily enjoying the southwest weather ever since. I have three children who are all Arizona natives. My oldest daughter, Kourtney, is an eighth grader at Altadeña. My son, Aiden, is a fifth grader here at Sierra. My youngest daughter, Whitney attends preschool here at Sierra as well. Yes, we are a Sierra family through and through!
I would like to start the year off by sharing a little of my teaching philosophy with you. I want school to be a positive experience for all students, and I am anxious to help them develop both emotionally and academically. My wish is for my students to acquire the skills to be lifelong learners as well as demonstrate excellent character.
I believe every child is capable of learning and I have high expectations for their success. The environment in my classroom is positive and warm, where every child is encouraged to take risks. The students in my class are expected to take an active part in their own learning. They are also expected to demonstrate a high level of personal responsibility.
At times you will see students working in teams. Cooperation and teamwork are key to success in our society; therefore I believe it is necessary for children to gain experiences working together in the classroom. Students will be encouraged to accept each other and to listen to differing opinions without making judgments.
I am looking forward to this school year and partnering with your family to provide each child with the best possible fourth grade experience!