My philosophy of education is centered on my love for children and belief that education is powerful. I believe that students must first feel loved in order to be succesful in any classroom. Secondly, I believe that students learn best in an engaging classroom full of discussions, movement, exciting stories, and lessons that involve visuals and hands-on activities. I also believe that in order for my students to learn, I must provide a structured and well mananged classroom. Additionally, I believe that it is important to establish rituals and routines so that my students spend as much time on task as possible. Finally, I also believe that it is essential to make connections with my students. I feel that connecting my lessons to their real life experiences and other content areas will benefit them tremendously.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-William Butler Yeats
Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
I am thrilled to be your child's third grade ELA teacher. This is my eighteenth year in education. I have taught first and third grade and served as a media and instructional technology specialist, all in Polk School District. I am a proud 1994 graduate of Cedartown High School. After high school, I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by my Reading Endorsement. Next, I recieved my Master's degree in Reading Education, and a Specialist's degree in Instructional Technology with a School Library Media Certificate, all from the University of West Georgia. My husband and I have two wonderful children, Cynthia and Jake, and our beagle puppy, Bailey who keep us very busy. We love Cedartown and Georgia football!