BackGround Basics:Hi! My name is Becky and I was born and raised in Waterloo, IL. For those of you who are not familiar with the town, it is a small, rural community that lies about 25 minutes southeast of St. Louis, MO. I attended the Catholic elementary school in Waterloo as a child, and that is currently where I teach today. I will be going on my 15th year teaching--all at the same school. While there, I have taught resource, 5th grade, and currently will be on my 10th year as a Kindergarten teacher.
I wanted to become a teacher from very early on. I think I was 6 or 7yrs. old and playing school at my house with my neighborhood friends. I also come from a large family (I am one of 9 kids), and I distinctly remember forcing my younger brothers, to "learn" all sorts of stuff, while I somehow ALWAYS got to be the teacher. :) In high school and college, I wavered between becoming a teacher or a child psychologist. Whatever I decided, I knew for certain that I wanted to work with children. I kept feeling God nudge me toward teaching, through various different experiences and signs along the way. It did not take too long then, for me to make the decision to declare elementary education as my course of study. I did, however, end up informally minoring in psychology, as that is a topic that has always intrigued me. In 2001, I had graduated & earned my degree, and was hired at SPPCS.
|I thought this was fun--this is my SPPCS Kindergarten picture! Those who know my daughter--can you spy Ms. Grace? :)|
All About Me:As for me personally, first and foremost, I am a believer, a follower of Christ, I cherish my faith. My faith is the foundation that I try to build all the other aspects of my life upon.
Secondly, I am a wife to a wonderful man and a blessed momma to 3 young, amazing children. If I had to just briefly describe them, I guess I would say--my oldest is my happy-go-lucky, compassionate "pleaser". My middle child is my "live life loud", "grab life by the horns," infectiously joyful child. My youngest child is my shy, affectionate sweetheart. I LOVE that they all have their own little personalities, outlooks, & goals. We are a military family--my husband is a Major in the Air National Guard, and has a civilian job as well. My family is my joy, my endurance, my oxygen, my heart. My cup runneth over.
I am daughter, sister, aunt, friend, & teacher. We all wear many hats, don't we? I think many people would use the words quiet or reserved to describe me. I definitely have that tendency in some situations, however, once you get to know me, you'll quickly see that description isn't always accurate. Really, I'm just a girl who values her faith, holds family and friends close, treasures simplicity, a quite intense St. Louis Blues Hockey Fan, someone who loves to laugh, values a sense of humor and finding the joy in things, bookworm, beach loving (tricky when you live in the midwest) :( , coffee addict, who, quite honestly, has an extremely silly side. :)--which comes in handy when teaching 5 & 6 year olds! Ha ha, so that's me in a nutshell. When I'm not working I enjoy reading, running, DIY crafting, exploring new places, and making all sorts of memories with my family.
My Job as a Teacher:As a teacher, I believe that each child is so special and possesses many, many talents and gifts. I believe all children deserve to have a teacher who will search their students' hearts & minds to bring them to their highest potential--both academically and beyond. I believe in building confidence, trust, and respect in the classroom setting to ensure this growth. I believe that all children are unique, that they learn many different ways, and at different speeds, I am dedicated to accommodating this uniqueness with every student who walks through my classroom door. I believe that learning should be fun, active, & engaging; and I promise to do my best to make it all those things for your children. I love what I do, I love to teach. There is something so special about spending your days with these children that offer so much joy, simplicity, smiles, and affection!
Why a Classroom Blog?
A couple years ago, I decided to start a classroom blog to provide a window for my parents, into my classroom. So much of what we do in Kindergarten is hands-on, so it is sometimes difficult to share those things with the parents. I am a parent of a child who, when asked what she did in school that day, replies with the infamous, "nothing." Now thankfully, I work in the building, so I am always well aware of all the fun things they are doing in the classrooms, etc. But this also prompted me to think about starting a classroom blog. 2 years later, I can say that I am glad I did. I enjoy blogging, and know the parents appreciate it as well. I only wish I had more time to do it!!! It is my hope you will visit our class blog occasionally to find pictures of what we are up to, to see your littles in action, etc. Feel free to share this site with grandparents, aunts, uncles, whoever would be interested in seeing the class up close.
I look forward to the year ahead, getting to know my new class, building relationships with my students, and making many memories with them throughout the school year.