Alpha Dog - Leader of the Pack
I am from St. Augustine, Florida. Growing up, my immediate family was small - Mama, Daddy & my younger brother, Byron. However, we were part of a large extended family. I have lots of aunts, uncles & many cousins. Oyster roasts & fish fries on the beach were part of our regular routine.
I received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Carson-Newman College and later earned a Master's in Early Childhood Degree from Augusta College. I have primarily taught second grade in the Aiken County Public School District. I retired this summer after teaching nearly
I live with my husband, Barry, and our lovable dog,
Mr. Bit-Bit. We reside in North Augusta. We have a daughter and son-in-law, Amelia & Zac, who live in New York City with our "grand cats", Weezie & Abe.
I enjoy playing tennis, playing Bridge, reading, cooking and of course visiting Amelia and Zac. We attend Fairview Presbyterian Church. Our Christian faith is a vital part of our family.
I am truly looking forward to working with my students at Mead Hall. It is exciting to continue this chapter in my career at this wonderful place. I believe every child is a gift from God. Through His grace, I am already grateful for all the many successes that will come during this school year.
"PAWS" for Good Behavior
In order for learning to occur in a timely manner, there must be specific rules in place. I call these our class agreements.
We will all agree to:
1. Active Listening
2. Mutual Respect
3. No Put Downs - be grateful
4. Do your Personal Best
5. Have Fun at Recess
We even have a class cheer that reminds us of these rules.
Put downs, put downs - no way.
Active listening - hurray!
Mutual respect & personal best, help guide me & all the rest.
"Barking Up the Wrong Tree"
A behavior chart reminds students of their behavior. Each morning, a clothespin with his/her name is clipped to a "Ready to Learn" sign. If someone breaks a rule, I will give a "gentle reminder". This will be in the form of a look or quiet, verbal word. If that was ignored, & unproductive behavior continues, then a student will move his/her clothespin to the "Think About It" sign. If that doesn't help in making appropriate choices & misbehavior continues, the clothespin will be moved again. The last sign is "Oh, No! Stop". At this point, there will be a consequence such as :
lost time at recess
phone call home
note to parent that will need to be signed
Daily - Recess 11:00 - 11:30 & Lunch 11:40-12:10
Mon. - Computers 1:00 - 1:45 Library 1:45 - 2:30
Tues. - P.E. 9:00 - 9:45
Wed. - Music 8:15 - 9:00
Thurs. - Art 9:30-10:15
Friday - Sacred Studies 1:15-2:00
I want to thank each of you for all the effort and work you have put forth over the past eight weeks during difficult circumstances. You all have done such an amazing job adapting to Distance Learning. I am proud of all that has been accomplished. I would also like to thank you for your patience with me as I tried to adapt to different teaching methods. These past few months have been a trying time, but with God's grace you have persevered with diligence and overcome obstacles I am sure you never thought you would encounter. Again, parents, I deeply appreciate all you have done to make this as successful as possible for the children. Children, I thank you for your flexibility and hard work as well. I hope you all have a wonderful summer.
You deserve a much needed break.
Please remember to return materials on
Tues., May 19th. Follow the link in Mrs. Barker's email to schedule a time.
The following items are to be returned at that time:
1. reading text book
2. science text book
5. books from our classroom library
6. books from Mead Hall School Library