Stephens, Emma (3rd Grade)

Welcome to My Classroom
Emma Stephens

Hello! I'm excited to be teaching 3rd grade again this year! 

This is my 18th year at FES. Before moving to Asheville, I lived in Greenville, SC and taught 4 year old Kindergarten and 3rd grade. I am an advocate for lifelong learning and I enjoy going to school and learning just as much as the children!
What professional training and educational background have you had? 
I have my B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Erskine College and my M. Ed. in the teaching of reading from Furman University. I also have my NBCT in Early/Middle Chilldhood Literacy. I am a certified reading specialist and endorsed in AIG. I was Teacher of the Year 2011-2012. 

What makes Fairview such a special place to teach?
FES is truly a unique school. We have the best teachers, the best students, and the best families. Our school has that small school feeling even though we have over 700 students!
What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?
There's an old saying that it takes a village to raise a child and I like how Fairview takes that to heart. From Kindergarten to 5th grade, each child is loved and supported. We have many services to provide students with the help they need to succeed, whether it's for academics, counseling, or basic needs such as food and clothing. We also provide a large variety of after school activities to extend students' education and better enrich their lives. 
What authors or books inspire you as a teacher?
My favorite "grown up" book is To Kill a Mockingbird. Parents are a child's first teacher. Atticus Finch teaches his children so much in a gentle but firm way and I aspire to be like him. 

What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning? 
There are so many good ones! My favorite funny quote is by the author of The Little Prince: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
For which classroom projects/events are you known?
I love social studies and I hope my students remember learning about geography and different cultures while studying their own heritage. 
My favorite read aloud of the year is Little House in the Big Woods and we always do a pioneer unit, which is a lot of fun. 
How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning?
Teachers at Fairview know the standards well and use a variety of instructional methods to meet the needs of all the students. We know when and how to use technology and help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We want students to ask questions, think creatively, and draw conclusions. We allow students to work in teams and develop leadership qualities. And we use a variety of assessment methods to evaluate student progress. 
In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning?
A child's education is more than just learning at school. Parent involvement is vital in order for a child to be successful. 
The best thing to do is talk to your child every day. Ask him what he is learning, who his friends are, what he likes and dislikes. Read everything that is sent home from school. Go through the book bag and folders often. Often important papers are lost and that's where communication breaks down.  
Keep in touch the best way you can. Write a note, email or call when you have questions or concerns. Volunteer in the classroom, eat lunch with your child, come on a field trip, attend a PTA meeting, bring in an item for a class party, help in the garden. Your presence is very important to your child.