Welcome to 3rd Grade!
Third grade is an exciting time in a child's life. They are at a magical stage where they are learning to be more independent, while still looking for guidance, support, and approval from their parents, teachers, and peers. This is a critical year of development both academically and personally.
In third grade, we will work harder than we ever thought possible, and reach goals that we once thought unattainable. We will grow to be a "clamily" (classroom family). We will support each other when we are struggling and celebrate each other's accomplishments as though they were our own. We will laugh. We will cry (but not too much), and we will learn that it is ok to cry because sometimes hard work is frustrating, and exhausting. We will learn that it is ok to fail, because without failure we can't succeed. We will set goals, exceed our goals, fall just short of our goals, evaluate our goals, and start all over again. We will learn that we are all different, that we all have different strengths, and different weaknesses. We will learn that it is ok to not be the best at everything, and that it is ok to ask others for help. We will learn to work together, and that "my way" isn't the only way. Most importantly, we will learn who we are, who we want to be, and how to be that person. We will learn to love ourselves, to love to learn, and to love a challenge. We will learn to be "the best me" we can be.
I am a mom, a wife, and a teacher; and I love being all three! I am currently in my 12th year of teaching and have been at Highland Park since we opened 11 years ago. I have my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Reading and my B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Family and Child Development, both from ASU (go Devils!). My husband and I were both raised in Mesa, AZ (I am an Arizona native) and are blessed to live close to family and friends from our childhood. We have four children, who are all very active. When we aren't spending our time at baseball tournaments, gymnastics meets, or cheer classes, we enjoy spending time together in the outdoors.