Welcome to room B-5 and fourth grade! It is going to be a year of growth and learning for the students and for me. This is my seventh year at Graystone. I taught fifth grade for two years and then P.E. and enrichment for science and social studies for both fourth and fifth grade for one year. This is my fourth year in fourth grade, and I really enjoy the curriculum and the age group. Our fourth-grade team is made up of teachers with experience in third, fourth, and fifth grade, so together we know what the students should have learned, what they are learning, and how this year’s learning supports success in fifth grade.
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 12. My “new year” always begins in the fall with the ringing of the bell for the first day of school. I love new notebooks and sharp pencils and books, books, books. I love to see the curiosity and wonder of children as they are exposed to new and wonderful ideas. I enjoy working with students as the knowledge clicks. Fourth-grade curriculum is exciting and sometimes challenging. Science starts with electricity and magnetism; we explore geology and learn about rocks and minerals. That leads to the study of food webs and the natural interdependence of our environment. Our science lab supports and extends our classroom learning. In social studies, the focus is California history, from Native Americans, to explorers, to the Gold Rush, to present day. We will visit Santa Clara Mission and have a fun living history experience during Gold Rush Day. Math expands the knowledge of multiplication and division, introduces algebra, and delves into fractions. Reading and meaningful writing are essential in all areas of curriculum; we will work on strategies and techniques to strengthen these lifelong skills. Our reading enrichment program supports this goal.
I majored in journalism the first time I attended college and love to write. Much later, I decided I wanted to re-enter college and get my teaching credential. In order to be the kind of teacher I wanted to be, I started college all over again, receiving a liberal studies degree with emphasis in education from San Jose State University. Even though math was my biggest challenge in elementary school, I decided to minor in math at SJSU and have found it is my favorite subject to teach.
On a personal level, I have three wonderful children—two are college graduates and married, and my youngest is a junior at SJSU. I have two grandsons, Scott who is almost 2 and baby Jonah who was born in August. It’s wonderful to have happy little boys to entertain and delight their Oma!
I look forward to meeting the students and parents of B-5. I hope to build a community of scholars who love to learn, take school seriously, and watch out for one another. I hope we will work together to make this year one of growth and success for your child.