Hollifield, Heather (Intensive Intervention)

Welcome to Mrs. Hollifield’s Class! 

Teacher: Mrs. Heather Hollifield

heather.hollifield@bcsemail.org

Teacher Assistants: Ms. Amanda Cope
                              Mrs. Kathy Childers
                            Mr. Jackie Metcalf

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Thank you for visiting our classroom website.

We are so excited to have your child in our class this year! 
 

A little about Mrs. Hollifield:

I grew up right here in Buncombe County, went to Fairview Elementary School as a child, and graduated from A.C. Reynolds High School in 2002. I worked as an instructional assistant in a special education classroom at West Buncombe Elementary School for 4 years while going to school at night to complete my degree. I received a B.A. in Integrated Education from Mars Hill University in 2011. This is my eighth year here at Fairview and I am so excited to be back teaching at such a great school!
 
I am married to my husband, John and we have a four year old son, Buck. We will be adding a baby girl to our family in February. We are so excited about this addition to our family!

BuckIt's a girl!

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What professional training and educational background have you had?

I worked as an assistant in a special education classroom at West Buncombe Elementary School while completing my degree at night. I student taught at W. W. Estes Elementary School in a kindergarten class as well as in 3rd and 5th grade resource and inclusion classes. In May of 2011 I received my B.A. in Integrated Education from Mars Hill University. I am certified to teach Elementary Education grades K-6 and Special Education grades K-12.


What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?

Fairview has a special place in my heart because I went to school here as a child and that is when a love of learning was instilled within me. Over the past eight years I have had the privilege of working with some of the same teachers that taught me the importance of education so long ago. I think the thing that makes Fairview such a great place is that every staff member wants what is best for our children.

What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?

I love knowing that I have friends among my colleagues and fellow staff members and that we are all here to help support one another.

How would you describe your classroom?

Our classroom is very busy and full of energy and love. We enjoy having fun, laughing, and learning. It is also very colorful!

What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?

The book, Thank You, Mr. Falker, written by Patricia Polacco is one that stands out to me. This book is about the authors struggle in school. Patricia Polacco is dyslexic, disnumeic, and disgraphic but her teacher, Mr. Falker helped her to be a successful student, reader, and author. I also really love Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle.

For which classroom projects/events are you known?

The EC team here at Fairview is a great family. We try to involve families in our classrooms and fun. We have field trips, we participate in Special Olympics in May, and we have an awards day in June for families to celebrate the end of the year.

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

Here at Fairview we have available and enjoy using many technological resources, such as iPads, computers, and smart boards. We teach our students to use these resources in order to further enrich their education.

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

We can always use volunteers! It is really special for students to have someone they love come and help in the classroom, with special events, or on field trips. 

Here are some other communication tools that can help parents stay updated on events and happenings in the school and classroom settings: I send home a student folder every day; in the folder parents will find what we are learning about for the week and month, a daily behavior log, and any classes that students had that day. Friday folders will come home on Friday afternoons with announcements from the school and classroom as well as completed work. I will send weekly newsletters on Mondays and monthly calendars at the beginning of a new month. Our school and classroom websites are also great tools to stay connected. We have scheduled times throughout the year when parents are invited to the school such as: Meet the Teacher, Open House, and Literacy and Math Nights. I will contact parents to schedule IEP meetings and/or parent conferences to discuss student progress.

I also really believe that encouraging children to talk about positive things in their lives is important. Every Monday morning during our morning meeting we sit and we talk about some fun things that we did over the weekend and some fun things that are planned for the week. Parents can help instill this positive outlook when talking about education, school, and learning positively at home. Some great questions to ask/statements to make are: “What did you have fun doing at school today?” “What are you looking forward to doing at school this week?” “I hope you have a great day at school!” Thank you for helping me create excited little learners who love school!

Is there anything else you would like to share about your classroom?

I love my job and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I really appreciate you allowing me to spend so much time with your precious children.