Degrees and Certifications:
-BA in Special Education K-12 -BA in Regular Education 1-8 -Teacher Leader Certification -Masters Educational Leadership
Welcome to a great school year! My name is Mrs. Christy LeBlanc. With a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education (grades 1-8), special education (grades K-12), Teacher Leader Certification, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, fourteen years of teaching experience, and Saint Mary Parish Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2012, I will lead your child through a school year filled with learning.
This year, I will teach reading, language, and social studies. My partner teacher, Mrs. Lantz, will teach math and science. A few third grade skills your child will learn are: multiplication, division, scientific reasoning, Louisiana history, government, writing essays, analyzing stories, and leadership skills. Third grade is an exciting year of important transitions in student independence and rigorous skills. It will be challenging, and your child’s skills will grow immensely! The first two transitional months may be tough, but by the third month, it will be smooth sailing! Together, we will lead your child to success.
I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child’s years of schooling. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our classroom. Here are some ways you can help:
*Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work!
*Read to and with your child everyday, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.
*Make sure homework is completed. Then, go over it with him/her. Homework reinforces skills taught at school. When students complete a skill in a different environment than the classroom, it improves retention. Studies show that students do better in school and are more engaged in class when parents check homework daily.
This will be possible if we, as parents and educators, work together. Perhaps this ideal is best expressed in the poem below, written by Ray A. Lingenfelter, an elementary principal.
I dreamed I stood in a studio and watched two sculptors there. The clay they used was a young child’s mind and they fashioned it with care. One was a teacher; the tools she used were books and music and art; one was a parent with a guiding hand and a gentle loving heart. And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they had wrought. For the things they had worked into the child could never be sold or bought. And each agreed she would have failed if she had worked alone. For behind the parent stood the school, and behind the teacher stood the home.
I appreciate all that you do at home to support your child and his or her teachers. If you have questions or concerns, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at 395-5976. My conference time is 2:20. You can also sign up to recieve text messages from the teacer on Remind 101: Enter 81010 in the phone number box of your texting app. Then type @939c9f in the message bar and cick send. I look forward to a wonderful year together!
Mrs. Christy LeBlanc