Mrs. Sullivan's Professional Background

About Caitlin Sullivan:  I am married to my wonderful husband, John, and we have a precious and happy 18 month old baby boy named Brayden, as well as an energetic 3 year old dog named Molly. 

What professional training and educational background have you had?
This is my 9th year teaching (8th year in kindergarten). I received the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship to Western Carolina University where I student taught kindergarten Jackson County Schools. I graduated from WCU in 2009 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and in 2011 with a Master's Degree in Comprehensive Education (Concentration in Elementary Education). 
Professional Development I have received:
-Math Investigations Curriculum Training
-Thinking Maps Training for Literacy
-Kathy Richardson (APLUS) Training -Providing math assessments, intervention, and enrichment with small student groups
-L.L.I Training-Providing reading assessments and interventions
-World View Conference-Use strategies and resources to help students become globally aware citizens 
-DuFour Conference (PLC leadership)
-PBIS and Trauma Informed Schools Training 
-"Not Yesterday's Kindergarten" training
-KEA (Kindergarten Entry Assessment) training 
-Fundations Training

What makes Fairview such a special place to teach? 
Fairview has a such great sense of community, pride, and support. Teachers, administrators, and parents collaborate to make Fairview a great and safe school for our students.  

What do you like most about teaching at Fairview?
I love the encouragement and support I receive from my fellow teachers, administration, and parents. I love the collaboration that takes place! Teachers believe that all students can learn, and we work together to do what is best for each individual child. 

 How would you describe your classroom?
My classroom is full of energy. We love to have fun and laugh, but we also work hard each and every day. My students learn they are mathematicians, meteorologists, entomologists, and many other fascinating kinds of learners. You will see us singing, dancing, collaborating in teams and partnerships, and doing our best to follow the RISE expectations.
What authors or books inspire you as a teacher? 
I love books that teach me lessons about life and how to love life. In his own creative way, Dr. Seuss wrote many books about life that we read throughout the year. One of my favorites is "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"
 What is your favorite quote about education, children and/or learning?
 "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so....get on your way!" This quote, found in Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" truly gets me excited about teaching and being a life-long learner. I know that my students come in with a wealth of knowledge already and have the potential to do great things in their lives! I feel so privileged to help set the stage for a lifetime of learning for my students.
For which classroom projects/events are you known? 
We have a Thanksgiving Feast in November with our families. Also, we host a Mother's Day Tea and Dining with Dad event where we invite parents/family members in to celebrate with their children. 
How does Fairview create 21st century learners who collaborate with others and have a true passion for learning? 
We have a wealth of technology and resources available to put into the hands of our students. Our students use these resources to become globally aware and develop an appreciation for the world around us. Students have access to computers, iPads, and digital literacy.

 In what ways can parents take an active role in your classroom and in their child's learning?
I really enjoy inviting parents and family members into my classroom to work with students. Parents are invited to read with students, work with small groups, attend field trips, and enjoy classroom celebrations. I have an open door policy with my parents, and have been so blessed and fortunate to have amazing parent volunteers in the past. Students' faces light up when they see a parent volunteer come to our classroom, especially if the parent belongs to them! 
 Is there anything else you would like to share about your classroom?
I truly love what I get to do every day, and I hope it shows when you come into my classroom. I love the time I get to spend with my students and really enjoy watching them blossom throughout the year!