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Hello parents and students,
I am excited to get started on this new school year! It will be new and different for all of us. As we return to school either in person or online, I want everyone to practice compation. Be kind to everyone you come into contact with. We are all navigating this "new normal" together, for the first time. There will be confusion and frustration. Things will go wrong. Things will change. But no matter what, know that I, the other teachers, and our school adminstators are all doing our best to provide students with the best education possible. However, our student's physical, mental and emotional health are our number one priority. We are here for you, students!
Also, we are trully "all in this together" because this year students are not the only ones learning new things. Our teachers and adminstrators are also constantly taking classes, doing research, and applying our learning. We are just as much students as everyone else. In fact, as we begin to intergrate new technology, some students might have to take on the role of teacher for a brief time in order to show us older folks how it works. My hope is that our school will become one large learning environment, that although we might have different roles, we are all working toward the same goal.
Ok, enough of this motivational stuff. Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in a small rural town just west of Gainesville. So... when it was time to go to college, The University of Florida was my natural choice. GO GATORS! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History and began to work in the school system as a ESE Paraprofessional. Four years ago, I made the leap to teaching and this is my third year teaching U.S. History here at Belleview Middle School.
My best friend is a Kindergarten teacher, and our teaching styles are very similar. I believe that education should continue to be fun even past elementary school. I am famous in the 8th grade hallway for decorating my room in unique ways and for sometimes walking around school dressed as Martha Washington. I like to try new things and believe that only time you fail is when you refuse to try. I try to create a classroom environment that is engaging, free of judgement, and full of curiousity so that all students feel safe to learn. Because we try new things, students will sometimes fail. However, in my class, we embrace failure, because some of our best learning comes through failure. Failure is not the enemy, apathy is. I beleive the our tendency to not even try is what keeps us from being successful. That is why our class mission statement begin's with "In this class, we are determined to do our best in all things". Because, if BEING the best is our measure of success, then almost everyone will feel like a failure. However, if you DO your best, no matter what, even if you ultimatly fail, you have succeeded. Because your misson was to do your best and you have completed that mission. Students, you will not leave this class knowing everything there is to know about U.S. history, and that is ok. Your mission is not to know everything, your mission is to do your best. If you do that, then when you leave this class, you will know much more about U.S. History than you did when you walked in. You will have grown. You will have learned. You will have succeeded.
As we move forwar, I hope that I will be able to work very closely with both students and their parents to make this school year the best that it can be. I will be availble every school day between 8:05 am and 3:50 pm. Parents will be able to contact me by phone or by email at email@example.com. All students will have access to Microsoft teams and their video confrencing tools. Please contact me with any questions or concerns and I will get back to you within 24 hours or, if contact is made after hours, by the end of the next school day.
I am looking forward to spending the next school year together.
Welcome to class,
U.S. History Teacher
Belleview Middle School