McCullough, Suzanne (2nd Grade)

Welcome to my Classroom

Suzanne McCullough


Welcome to Second Grade! I am excited about teaching your child. I know we will have a great year together!

As your child's teacher, my goal is to help him or her become a creative and independent learner. I use a variety of methods to teach: whole group instruction, small groups, partner work, and games. The second grade team works together to plan, using the Common Core and Essential Standards for Grade 2.

I was born and raised in Richmond, VA; graduated from high school in Greensboro, NC; graduated from Salem College with a degree in French and Management; worked for The Biltmore Company for 10 years; stayed home for 5 years with my child; and then completed my teaching licensure courses at UNC-Asheville in 2003. I live in Asheville with my husband. My son recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill.

I know that you have the most important job in the world -- raising a child. Thank you for all you do at home! Please contact me whenever you have a school concern. As a parent, I know how things can come up! I care about providing a safe and positive learning environment for your child. What is my goal for your child?  I hope your child performs to the best of his or her ability; is happy, confident, kind, and responsible; solves problems with strategies and creativity; and enjoys learning more and more as the days go by. 

Welcome to my Classroom
Suzanne McCullough

Get to know Mrs. McCullough:

What professional training and educational background have you had?

 I graduated from Salem College with a BA in French and Management. I attended UNC-Asheville for my K-6 Teaching License. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade. In the past, I attended a writing conference with Lucy Calkins, the NC Reading Association conference, the DuFour training on Professional Learning Communities, LLI training (literacy program), and Fundations training (phonics program).

What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?

We have great children and great families! I am always impressed with how families and businesses pitch in, in large and small ways, to support our school.

What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?

 I love walking into my classroom every morning. I know that I will be surrounded by curious, funny, thoughtful, active, and friendly learners.
I also know that the teachers here work as a team. We work together to help all our 2nd grade students learn. We care about the progress and well-being of each child.

How would you describe your classroom?

My classroom is friendly, cheerful, and orderly.  I use calm colors so it can be restful when it needs to be. 

What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?

 Debbie Miller – Reading With Meaning
Jim Trelease – The Read-Aloud Handbook
Linda Holt – Crafting Nonfiction
Gladys Hunt – Honey for a Child’s Heart
In addition, much of my inspiration comes from reading classic literature, news articles on education, and Calvin and Hobbs.

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

I have several favorite quotes:

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -- F. D. Roosevelt

“When I approach a child, he inspires me in two sentiments: tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur

"God designed little people to be unadult." -- Emerson Eggerichs , PhD

And from former students in my classroom:

“Mrs. McCullough, someone was talking and I didn’t hear the destructions.”
“It is supposed to be a dolphin, but it looks like a platypus!”

For which classroom projects/events are you known?

Second Grade students perform a play with our music teacher, Mrs. Lewis; construct a gingerbread village (with a literacy unit); and hold Market Day (Social Studies & Math). In addition, my class is known for learning poems together.

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

 A key element of second grade is observation. We make observations in science, math, reading, writing, and social studies. We sort our information, ask questions, wonder, and clarify our thinking. We teach the students to be more precise. All of this leads the children to collaborate as they work, discuss their ideas, and record their thinking.

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

I appreciate all that parents have to do and want to do in the few short hours in the evening at home. Seeing that your child completes his or her homework, packs up, and has an early bedtime will help your child learn. Reading aloud to your child is one of the most important things you can do to help your child be successful in school.
Ask your child:  “What did you read or write about today?"  "Tell me about what you talked about in math, science, or social studies today."  If your child is really excited, please help him or her learn more on the internet or at the library.

I love having volunteers in my room! I usually have a form for volunteers at Open House so that parents can indicate how they would like to help. Volunteering is a great way to know the children and what we do in second grade.

Last Modified on September 6, 2017