Hollifield, Heather (Intensive Intervention)

Welcome to Mrs. Hollifield’s Class! 

Teacher: Mrs. Heather Hollifield

heather.hollifield@bcsemail.org

Teacher Assistant: Mrs. Sandie Davis

sandra.davis@bcsemail.org

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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: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 fourth year here at Fairview and I am so excited to be back teaching at such a great school!
 
I live in the area with my wonderful husband, John, our sweet baby boy, Buck, our lazy cat, Ashes, and our crazy dog, Brie.
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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.

As a teacher, professional development is very important to my career. Some of the professional development I have received is as follows:
 

- Significant Cognitive Disability: Foundations of Math

 
- Behavior Interventions that Work

- Thinking Maps Training

- Leveled Literacy Intervention

-  World View Conference

- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports

- Developing Number Concepts for Special Education Students

-   Crisis Prevention and Intervention

-  Writing Compliant Individual Education Plans

- Learning By Doing Book Talk

- Beginning Teacher’s Support Training

-  mClass Training for Literacy Assessments

-  What is Autism?: Understanding the Spectrum

- Best Practices in Mathematics: Exceptional Students and Common Core

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 four 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 five Intensive Intervention classrooms here at Fairview are like a family. We try to involve families in our classrooms and fun. We have a Thanksgiving Feast in November, 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, computer labs, 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 weekly newsletters and monthly calendars as well as homework resources. 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 with 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.