Teacher Questionnaire

1. What professional training and educational background have you had?

I graduated in 1993 from Mars Hill University with a degree in Elementary Education. Over the years I have taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade. I have been involved in a lot of professional training during my years at Fairivew. I have attended the state level math conference. I am on the Buncombe Country math District team and planning team. I have been a math trainer for Buncombe County. I am participating in the APLUS grant. This summer I was trained in Leveled Literacy Interventions or LLI. 

2.  What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?

Fairview is a wonderful place to teach. The community and families that we serve are amazing. We have a lot of parent support and fabulous students.

3. What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?

I would have to say that what I enjoy most about teaching at Fairview is our PLC teamwork. We work together as a grade level to meet the needs of all of our students.

4.  How would you describe your classroom?

My classroom is a learning community. It is a fun place to be. It is sometimes loud. You will find students working on their own levels with lots of hands on activities or working together to solve problems. We laugh a lot!!

5. What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?

A few of the authors who have inspired me over the years are Debbie Miller, Kathy Richardson and Stephanie Harvey.

6.  What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning?

My favorite quote would be:

 The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. 

Dr. Seuss

7. For which classroom projects/events are you known?

Some of my favorite classroom projects are my Mother’s Day Tea, Young Author’s Day and Holidays Around The World. When I taught second grade I was known for my gingerbread houses and villages.

8. How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning?

I think the biggest way that we are helping students get ready for the 21st century is to create problem solvers. Students who know how to think and try different strategies. We use a lot of technology like smart boards, ipads and mobile laptop labs. Students work on their own levels and even change classes to make sure their needs are being met.

9.  In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning?

I love for parents to be involved in my room. I sent home newsletters and homework logs so parent know what we are studying. They can visit my website. We host open houses and curriculum nights to help keep parents informed. I meet with every set of parents for conferences. I love to have parents in the classroom volunteering.