James, Jennifer (2nd Grade)

Welcome to Mrs. James' Classroom!

Jennifer James-Teacher Jennifer.james@bcsemail.org

 
Thank you for visiting my website and learning more about our classroom and school year. I am so excited to have your child in my room!
 
1. What professional training and educational background have you had? I received the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship and attended UNCA where I earned a BA in Psychology and obtained my K-6 teaching certificate. I student taught in Kindergarten at Jones Primary School in Asheville and then took an interim position as a Kindergarten teacher in Shelby, NC. I returned to WNC and taught 3rd and 4th grades at Leicester Elementary for 12 years then transferred to Fairview where I taught 4th grade for 3 years, Kindergarten for 5 years and this will be my first year in 2nd grade. 
 
2. What makes Fairview such a special place to teach? Fairview is a special place to teach because of many factors, from the wonderful staff members to the precious students and their families. There is still a small town feel here at Fairview and it reminds me of my childhood and growing up just around the corner in Fletcher. The entire community is involved with our school and it always amazes me to see the turnout at events, whether it is Open House and PTA meetings, a basketball or baseball game, our Fall Festival, or the support of fans at a Unicycle performance. Our school rallies around our students and I believe they truly feel loved.
 
3. What do you like most about teaching at Fairview? My favorite thing about teaching at Fairview is the support I am given as a teacher. I feel appreciated as an educator but also as a friend. I love to see my past and present students and families out and about and still feel like a special person in their lives.
 
4. How would you describe your classroom? I feel like my classroom is a home away from home for my students and myself! We spend a lot of time at school and I want my room to feel warm and inviting. I love to display my students’ work and arts/crafts we do in class, and to decorate the room to match the seasons or holidays. I ask the students to take ownership of our things and treat our classroom well.
 
5. What authors or books inspire you as a teacher? I love to read books to the students by a variety of authors. I like to find books that make me laugh, smile, think, or even cry because I know the kids will love them too. One of my favorite weeks to read is in March during “Read Across America” week when we read lots of Dr. Seuss books.
 
6. What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning? My favorite quote about education is one by Aristotle. It says “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” I believe all the academics are important but having a kind heart and a loving spirit towards others is the most important thing I can try to teach and instill in my students.
 
7. How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning? I try to incorporate technology as often as I can to help produce 21st century learners. The students will do more with technology in the future than I can even begin to imagine and I want them to feel confident in their ability to do so. At this young age, they are not afraid to try new things and often, they end up teaching me how to do things!
 
8. In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning? I believe the more active parents are in their child’s education, the better. I love to have parent volunteers for groups and activities and appreciate the help so much. I know the children love to have their own parent help in the classroom and the other students love the extra “grown-up” to be there as well. Ensuring that the children complete their homework each night is super important and develops good habits for the future. A hug in the morning to say “Have a great day” is equally important and feels good to everyone.
 
I hope this helps give a little insight into my thoughts and heart as a classroom teacher. I love these little ones and consider each of my students “my kids”. I take a personal interest in every student and only want what is best for each of them. I hope when they get older, they remember me and 2nd grade as one of their happiest times in school!
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