Welcome & Classroom Information
Remember homework always includes reading 20 minutes per night. In addition to focusing on the joy of reading, please encourage your child to increase reading difficulty throughout the year.
With conservation in mind, I will be sending our Room #13 newsletter and word study list every week via e-mailed to all who have provided me with their e-mail addresses. The newsletter and spelling list will also be linked to the Documents link page on this web site. The newsletter includes an overview of what we will be working on in each subject, anticipated homework, upcoming events/quizzes/tests, and our week's word study list.
Please also go to the Homework link if you are unsure of nightly homework. I will post general homework assignments in advance, with the understanding that the actual specifics of each assignment will be updated daily (real-time) during the class time designated for writing homework in student agenda books. Your child's agenda book (planner) is always your best bet for accurate homework assignments. If your child is absent, I ask that you check the Homework link first and if there are questions, please email me; also consider having your child call a classmate for unclear/absent homework assignments. During the first week of school, students will complete the task of writing the phone numbers of a few classmates in their agenda books for the purposes of collaboration and clarification on homework assignments. If, for some reason, a homework assignment is unclear, I expect that students will use their resources, ie. Internet, email, agenda book, telephone, text, etc., to clarify.
Hello and welcome to a new and exciting school year! I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade again this year and continue to recognize the joy that teaching at Santa Rosa Tech Magnet brings me. The 2017-18 school year will be my sixteenth year at SRTMS! Wow! I've taught 5th grade for thriteen years and 4th/5th grade combination classes for two years before that. Prior to SRTMS, I taught 8th grade Science at Las Colinas Middle School. Before pursuing a career in teaching, I worked in human resources, low income housing development, and banking. In addition, I have worked with children as a lifeguard, summer camp counselor, and YMCA staff member. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, as well as a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from CSUN. I spend all of my free time enjoying life with my three amazing boys, Peter(15), J.T.(17), and Todd(husband). Be kind, be smart, be honest, be loyal, be happy!