Welcome to my website! I want to tell you a little about myself and some classroom information.
I went to school in Carnegie, Oklahoma from 1965 (Kindergarten) through 1978 (12th grade). Carnegie is a small farming community with a small school district just like Piedmont. Upon graduation from Carnegie High School, I went to SWOSU in Weatherford, Oklahoma for one year and then transferred to Cameron University, in Lawton, Oklahoma. I attended Cameron University, in Lawton, until 1981. I put my education on hold for several years, so I could be a full time mother to my two young children. In 1988, I started working part-time in my children’s elementary school as a S.M.I.L.E. Aide. In 1990, I decided to return to college to get my teaching degree. I graduated from Cameron University in the spring of 1993, with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education K-8. I started teaching sixth grade at Country Club Heights Elementary School in Lawton, Oklahoma. I taught sixth grade for three years and then moved down to teach third grade. I taught third grade for a couple of years and then started looping with my class. I would teach students in third grade and then move up with them for fourth grade. Once, I taught a split 3rd grade/4th grade class, due to low enrollment and budget concerns. In 2006, after going through a divorce, I moved to Oklahoma City. In September of 2006, I was offered a job teaching 4th grade at Piedmont Elementary School. I have been teaching for 19 years and have enjoyed each and every year. Piedmont has the small town feel that I grew up in, lots of community spirit and support. I feel truly blessed to be teaching in such a wonderful community
Please, remind your child to bring home his/her agenda and "Green Homework Folder" on a daily basis. Please check that your child is writing in the date with the assignment and the page numbers. Completed assignments should be checked off in their agenda as finished. Incomplete assignments should be in their "Green Homework Folder" with the textbook, if needed.
Students graded work will come home in their Orange Monday Folder every Monday afternoon. Please, look at the papers with your child, then sign the folder, and send it back to school on Tuesday morning.
Spelling tests are on each Friday, except during a short week. All other tests will be noted in the agenda at least three days ahead of the test date.
Your child should be reading 20 to 30 minutes each evening to be able to meet their book report goal . (Please refer to your child's book report due dates in the back of your Parent Night packet.) Your child will need to read 25 books this year, in order to receive a State Reading Certificate at the end of the school year. Every 9 wks. a STAR test will be given to help reassess each student's reading level. Each 9 wks. students will receive an individualized goal based on their STAR test and the 20-30 minutes of reading each day/night. Each 9 wks., bagtags will be given to students that reach their AR goal. If a student meets their AR goal 3 out of 4 nine week periods, they will receive a reading medal. If a student meets their AR goal 4 out of 4 nine week periods, they will receive a reading trophy. Please, help your child make time to read at least 20 to 30 minutes each evening. These two programs can strengthen your child's vocabulary and love of reading, which can set them up for a lifetime of success.
My class motto:
"Hard Work - Pays Off!"
Set your goals high, work hard, and expect good things to happen.