Pugh, Karen (1st Grade)

Welcome to my Classroom

Karen Pugh
Welcome to first grade! I am so excited to have your child in my classroom this year!  First grade is a magical year of learning for children and I am honored to be a part of it!
I am proud to have grown up right here in Buncombe County. I graduated from Owen High School, then attended The University of North Carolina at Asheville. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a certificate in Elementary Education. I began teaching in 1995 and have been at Fairview ever since!
My husband and I have two sons.  I enjoy being with family, reading, movies, swimming, the beach and lots of running around to ball games!
My goal is to have my students excited about learning! I look forward to working with you and your child! Feel free to contact me at any time!

What professional training and educational background have you had?

BA degree in Psychology, Certificate in Teaching K-6,  Apple Certified Teacher, Teacher of the Year 2013/14

What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?

I feel like the community/parental  support makes Fairview Elementary such a special place! The PTA does fundraisers throughout the year to supply and support technology for our classrooms that are an integral to 21st century learners. Businesses and parents support our elementary school in so many ways.

What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?

I love the collaboration and teamwork that occurs within the school. As a first grade team we meet weekly to share, collaborate and plan. We also meet across grade levels, with specialists (music, art, PE), and with special education teachers. Even though our school is large, we have good communication and support of each other as a staff.

How would you describe your classroom?

I want my students to love learning! I like an organized classroom where students know the rules and expectations and are rewarded for making good choices. Academic subjects are very hands-on to keep learners engaged. Most of the time you will see students working in small groups. Students will be working on their instructional level so that every child can grow. I like to work as a partnership with parents by keeping frequent communication between school and home.

What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?

Kathy Richardson-Developing Number Concepts, Reading With Meaning by Debbie Miller, although it isn’t a book Pinterest gives me tons of ideas!

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

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

For which classroom projects/events are you known?

Field trip to Emerald Village, Young Author’s Day publishing books, Holidays Around the World

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

We use technology such as ipads, Smartboards, and visit the Stem Lab. Students often work in collaborative groups. We do research as well as creating digital projects demonstrating learning.

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

Read newsletters to stay updated on events and happenings in your child’s classroom, volunteer in the classroom, supervise homework nightly, attend parent conferences offered at least twice a year, check the teacher webpage, attend Parent Curriculum Nights as well as Open Houses offered.

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

I try to treat every child as if they are my own. I want the best for them as a person as well as academically.

Mrs. Pugh