New pencils are freshly sharpened and standing tall together in their place, empty desks are squeaky clean, and blank bulletin boards are scattered about the room. Today is the only day my classroom will ever look this put together and organized- I take it all in and appreciate the rare occasion, yet I know that this classroom is missing something huge. MY STUDENTS!
So many of the ideas that consistently zoom throughout this highway of my mind cannot truly be planned without meeting the different learners of this room. So I breathe. And I focus on the first agenda on my list. Which community-building activities will happen on the first day of school? How can my students best get to know me and how will I get to know them? How will the families of my students get to know me and how will I get to know them? How will I ensure families remain updated on the happenings of our learning?
These questions bring me to the reason behind creating my teaching blog. I hope that here, partly by my first post, the families of Sierra Foothill Charter School will get to know me a bit better. So please, read on!
I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have always had a love for the forward thinking and diversity- filled stimulating environment life in the city brings. Smothering my childhood with too much city, however, was something my family was very conscience of straying from. Trips to the Yosemite Wilderness frequented my childhood and my heart became split between a love of the country and the city. After high school, I began working in Yosemite and continued to do so until I was drawn to Northern California by yet another love- teaching. I completed my credential at Humboldt State University in 2011 and short after landed my first teaching job in Oakland in a 5th grade classroom. Leaving Oakland was not even an inkling in my mind until a position at SFCS became available and the possibility of blending two of my passions- Yosemite and teaching- became a dream come true….and the rest is history!
I hope to be an open book to all of my students and their families. If you have any questions for me at all, please never hesitate to ask. I look forward to this year immensely!