Hello!! My name is Joyce Hall, and I have been teaching for 25 years in the Polk County School District. All of these years have been spent in the Special Education area. I have been teaching and working with the Pre-K Special Needs children. My children and grandchildren have attended elementary schools in Polk County, and several have graduated from Cedartown High School. I have two grandchildren that are currently enrolled as students. I graduated from Cedartown High School and graduated with Honors from Georgia Highlands (Floyd College) and West GA. I am married to Sidney Hall, and we live in Cedartown. This year is my second year of being the Inclusion Teacher in two of the Pre-K classes. I will be working at Van Wert and Youngs Grove Elementary. I am looking forward to a great year and becoming a member of your school family!! As I work with my students this year, it is my goal to instill in each of them a desire to want to continue to learn and grow and to see that their ability to learn has no boundries!! I believe that the education of a child involves teaching all domains of the child: cognitive, communication, social/emotional, physical and adaptive. If a child is given the opportunities to think outside the box, be creative with their thinking skills and have the knowledge presented to them in ways that they can understand and relate to, then they will have the ability to use, process, and retain that information. If a child is given the opportunity to express their thoughts, wishes, and dreams, then there is a door that is opened for that child to be able to acheive those wishes and dreams. If a child is given the opportunity and the correct role modeling to display what is acceptable, respectful behaviors in different social situations, the child has the opportunity to pass this skill on to others and becomes a positive role model for others to see. If a child is given the opportunity to understand how important physical health and development is in their life, they have the opportunity to make better choices pertaining to their life style and habits. If a child is given the opportunity to learn how to deal with everyday situations and how to make changes to address needs that may change in their life, then they have the ability to become and stay independent. If all of these areas are addressed in the child's life, then I believe that the "whole" child has been addressed or educated and this leads to a success story for every child. I believe that education takes place in and out of the classroom environment and is an ongoing process. If we,as educators, give children a good foundation to build on,they will continue to grow and learn, and in return reach out to help others. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.