I have been teaching in Polk School District since 1992. Prior to that I taught three years at First Methodist Preschool. I taught first grade for 18 years at Westside Elementary School and Cherokee Elementary School. I have taught ESOL since 2010 at Cherokee Elementary School. I received my bachelor of science degree from Jacksonville State University in social work. I have a bachelor of science degree and masters degree in early childhood education from the University of West Georgia. I have an educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. I also have an E.S.O.L. endorsement.
I teach because I love being with children. I love watching students learn and grow during the school year. It is gratifying to teach students life long skills that will help them have more opportunities as an adult. There is no greater reward than having a former student thank you for being their teacher, for caring for them and having a positive influence on their life. I strive each day to convince students that education is a way to make their dreams come true.
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Encourage your child to read at home as often as possible. Practice is very important for beginning readers. Using library books from the school media center does not require the internet or an electronic device such as a computer or Ipad but will provide practice that is so important in building fluency (speed of reading) skills.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 770-748-5614 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org