Phone: (706) 629-0141
Degrees and Certifications:
BS Early Childhood Education Reading Endorsement
I would like to welcome you and your child to W.L. Swain Elementary School and to 5th grade! I am eagerly awaiting the start of this school year, and I am very excited about the fact that your child’s last journey in elementary school will be here at W.L. Swain Elementary, “Where learning shapes extraordinary students.” This year your child will grow educationally and socially and will be fully prepared to enter the next stage in his or her academic career, middle school.
I earned my BA in Education from Kennesaw State University in 2003, I have a T-4 certificate, and am professionally qualified to teach your child. This is my eighth-year teaching fifth grade, but my eighteenth-year teaching. Prior to teaching at W.L. Swain, I taught for 8 years at Mt. Bethel Elementary in Cobb County. I have spent my years as a teacher learning new ideas and strategies to use in the classroom and look forward to implementing many of those this year. It has been said that I am “firm but loving” and I find this to be a great quality in a teacher, and I hope that you will too. I love teaching and working with students. There is no other profession I would rather be a part of than education.
I know my teaching must begin by making your child feel at home in our room. It is imperative that I begin creating a positive and safe learning environment that fosters success for all students by focusing on your child’s individual learning needs. Therefore, this must begin on the first day of school. I have high expectations for all students. Each student will be challenged at his or her individual learning level to progress and excel. I truly believe that all students can and will succeed with the right guidance and encouragement.
I will be using Class DOJO to provide you with weekly newsletters, class information, reminders, and other important information along with sharing your child’s behavior. Please follow these communications closely as they will help keep you informed about what we’re doing at school, but also how your child is doing in school. I also encourage you to sign up for the Infinite Campus Parent Portal through https://www.gcbe.org/Page/3606. This is a way for you to receive messages when a grade is entered, so that there are no surprises when you receive a mid-term or a report card. I look forward to being involved in your child’s final elementary school experience, 5th grade!
Communication between parents and teachers is vital to a successful year for your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you need to contact me during the school day, the office will give you my voicemail instead of calling me to the phone. It will be after 2:30 before I can return any calls. Thanks to Class DOJO you can communicate with me in way that is like texting, so I encourage you to communicate with me through DOJO.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year.