I am currently the 4th grade Math teacher at Northside Elementary School in Cedartown, GA. This year, I am beginning my 13th year of teaching. I graduated from Cedartown High School in 2000. Then, I earned both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. I have one daughter, Abby Leigh. She is eight years old and keeps me very busy. I also have a puppy named Lucky. Some of my favorite things to do include: reading, exercising, shopping, attending sporting events, watching movies, going to church, and spending time with family and friends.
I am looking forward to another GREAT year!
My Philosophy of Education:
My philosophy of education focuses on each individual student and his/her educational needs, instructional strategies that help students achieve his/her highest potential, and a learning environment that encourages students to be expressive, embrace who they are, and have fun.
First, I believe that all students can learn, and that it is my responsibility to ensure that learning is occurring. I understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and that I must create instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse backgrounds and exceptionalities. To meet the needs of all learners, a variety of teaching methods, assessments, and differentiated instruction should be used to scaffold students towards success.
Second, I believe students need learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development. Instruction needs to be enlightening, engaging, and motivating through research based best practices. High expectations must be held for all learners. Teachers must promote critical thinking and good decision making in order to produce independent, responsible, and productive citizens.
Third, I believe students need a classroom that creates a safe, friendly, and positive learning environment. This shall include a classroom management system that is clear, balanced, and consistent. In the classroom, teachers must help their students grow self-confidence and allow them to embrace their mistakes as opportunities to do better.