Fourth Grade Math & Science Teacher
I was a late bloomer when choosing a career in education. What has become one of my greatest joys started with my high school Comparative Religions/Geography teacher, Mrs. Holland. I used to guest lecture in her class, and every time I would come, she would ask if I ever thought about becoming a teacher. For 10 years, I said, “Nope, not for me.” The year she was set to retire, I caved and became a substitute teacher. When I was in elementary school, I realized what I should be doing with my life. So, I left my career in business, went back to school for my certification, and became the teacher that Mrs. Holland KNEW I should have been.
I have never once looked back and I feel such joy when working with my students, sharing my enthusiasm of learning and feeling like I am truly part of the bigger picture. Teaching has filled a place in my heart and soul, that I didn’t know I needed.
When I moved to Ohio, in 2017 from Georgia with my husband, I was stepping into the unknown. I had no family here, no job really lined up, and was basically winging it. I did so much research on where I wanted to teach, a school that had the same goals for students, the same passion for teaching that I did. When I read about CATA, what former and current students and parents said about the school and faculty, I KNEW without a shadow of a doubt, that was where I needed to be. What I love about CATA, is how much we really are a family. People always say that, but it is so true. I was welcomed with open arms, made fantastic friends with the faculty and my students are “my kids”. I feel supported by our awesome administration. This school allows me to be as creative as I want when conducting a lab or a project, especially Ms. Bates, who puts up with me running into her office, rattling off an idea I have for my science class and then running away. Every day I get to share my enthusiasm for science. I try and bring my all to my classroom, and I hope that my students can see the endless possibilities there are in what and who they can become. But, more importantly I want my students to understand that I will have their back no matter what. That I will always be there for them, listen to their ideas/dreams/goals and be their biggest cheerleader, no matter how old they are. I hope I can be that teacher they will remember, like how Mrs. Holland was/is for me. I love my students with every fiber of my being, they are “my kids.”
I have a link to my classroom website where the weekly vocabulary words and assignments for 4th grade Math and Science will be posted. On the website, you will be able to find the Science homework activities, vocabulary words, up-coming homework information, the scanned pages of current science and math chapters, and anything else that pertains to Rahrig’s Robots. I update the website every Monday after school.
THERE IS HOMEWORK EVERY MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND THURSDAY NIGHTS FOR MATH AND FOR SCIENCE.
MATH HOMEWORK IS KHAN ACADEMY, FOR A MINIMUM OF 30 MINUTES, NO EXCEPTIONS.
Science homework is the following schedule:
Monday Night- CROSSWORD- must be complete, crossword clues are the definitions of the vocabulary words
Tuesday Night- SENTENCES- must be grammatically correct, correct spelling, and makes sense.
Wednesday Night-WORD SEARCH- must be a COMPLETED word search, with a word bank.
Thursday Night- 5 TIMES EACH- BOTH WORDS AND DEFINITIONS.
IF THE ASSIGNMENTS ARE INCOMPLETE A GRADE OF ZERO (0) WILL BE GIVEN.
NO homework is given out on Fridays. Any changes to homework (usually during a project) will be posted on the class website.
All of the forms or information are posted on my homework wall in my classroom if you or your student would like hard copies of the information.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer your e-mails as soon as I am able to do so. Thank you for supporting your student’s academic achievements!!!