TEACHER TUESDAY BLOG
"The ESD teachers are so welcoming and open to helping you. They want you to succeed."
- a member of the Class of 2017
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What motivated and inspired you to teach? I wanted to be a teacher since a very young age. I had a wonderful second grade teacher named Mrs. Hagood who gave me a great deal of inspiration. She read Charlotte's Web aloud to the class that year and I was captivated by her voice. She also had a binding machine where we could write our own books and bind them. I would pretend to be Mrs. Hagood during free play any time I had a chance. I also had very inspirational high school teachers who each had a wonderful bond with their students allowing me to see how important relationships with students can be.
What makes you excited to come to school every day? ESD is like a second home. When I walk in the school building each morning with my son, Hudson, we are greeted by not only faculty and staff, but current and previous students. It hard to not have an instant smiling upon seeing these faces. I love the sense of community and how we are all so connected. It is amazing to work in the same place that my child attends school, where my sister is also a teacher, and my nephew is a student as well.
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? It is super important that my students know how I feel about them. I want them to leave each afternoon feeling a sense of belonging and a strong sense of connectivity. Each morning we begin our school day in a circle simply greeting one another and letting each other know how happy we are that we are all here together.
Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself! I love to run; I have run 6 half marathons. I am big music fan and loved attending any time of live music venue. Also, I am a lefty!
What is your favorite book and why? Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. This children's book is a book I read multiple times during the school year. It helps drive home the lesson that we are all unique in our own way and we should be proud of our uniqueness.
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be and why? My grandfather: I would love to be able to introduce him to my children. He would get a big kick out of their personalities. Mrs. Hagood: my second grade teacher. I would love her to see where I am now! My first group of students: I would love to see where they are now and what they are up to, as well as apologize for all of my mistakes as a first-year teacher!
What motivated and inspired you to teach? My third grade teacher, Mrs. Gulledge, was magical! She made learning fun and exciting. She always took the time to get to know her students individually and teach us in a way that we learned best. I work hard on being the same positive influence to my students as Mrs. Gulledge was to me!
What makes you excited to come to school every day? So many things make me excited to walk into my classroom each day! Seeing my students skip in with smiles each morning eager to learn makes my heart happy. I love my first grade team! We support each other and bring out the best in one another. Last but not least, the families, I feel so blessed to be supported and valued by them every day.
Beyond your subject-area, what life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? I want my students to understand the value in being a good person and good friend, and spreading happiness wherever they go. It is important that we respect one another and lend a helping hand when needed.
Do you have a sports team or art form that you particularly enjoy or cheer for? I LOVE football! I cheer on my SMU Ponies and UGA Bulldogs every Saturday, and spend Sundays cheering on my Atlanta Falcons. I was born and raised in Atlanta, so when the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl last year I had my whole class cheering on the Falcons. I still cant discuss the loss...too soon!
What is your favorite book and why? Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. I read it almost every year to my students. It teaches so many life lessons about growing up, letting go, and building life long friendships.
What motivated and inspired you to teach? For me, the motivation and inspiration to teach is very simple. I am shaping and sharing the future with each student I teach. While key concepts, strategies, and formulas are important components of an academic education, helping students build responsibility, accountability, and character is equally important.
Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? The students' passion for learning is the reason I come to ESD every day. Perhaps the greatest example of this passion happens every Friday at Lower School's Chess Club when students arrive as early at 6:50 a.m. for a club that starts at 7:00. What better reason can I have!
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? My job as an educator, parent, grandparent, and citizen is to help build students that will become assets to society. These students should understand their responsibility, have a work ethic, dare to dream, and show respect for one another.
What is a hobby nobody would guess you would have? Going for early morning walks (before school...at 4:40 a.m.) is my hobby and allows me some quiet time. Some of my best ideas come from my daily morning walks. Also, I have 5 grandchildren with one more on the way, and all of our children and grandchildren live within 4 miles of our home.
What is your favorite book and why? The Children's Book of Virtues is my favorite book because it explains how to live your life.
What motivated and inspired you to teach? My mother has always been my biggest supporter and inspiration. Her kindergarten classroom was my favorite place to visit. I vividly remember playing in the supply closet, “testing” games, and helping her create bulletin boards. She helped me turn my playroom into my own very classroom. My dolls were the best writers and readers on the block!
Why are you excited to come to ESD every day? The community: the students are inspiring and it is an honor to guide them each day. It is hard to not be excited surrounded by bright, kind, and curious six year olds! Additionally, one of my greatest joys has been getting to know so many families. The level of support I have received has been endless and I feel beyond blessed! The administration, teachers and staff at ESD are second to none; caring, brilliant, fun... I could go on forever!
What life lesson do you want your students to learn in your classroom? My goal is to help children embrace the magic, happiness, and natural curiosity of what it means to be a kid long after their childhoods have passed.
Do you have a sports team or art form that you particularly enjoy or cheer for? I am a huge Texas Longhorn. I've got burnt orange roots that run deep! I have been watching football, baseball, basketball, softball, swimming (and more!) with my dad since before I could walk. The Texas-OU football game weekend is my favorite *holiday* and I wouldn't miss it for anything. I even went 9 months pregnant. I am proud to say my son Jack's first phrase was Hook 'em Horns!
If you could have dinner with three people, alive or not, who would they be? Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vince Young, and Queen Elizabeth
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