Year I joined Stella Faculty
My name is Whitney Blackley, and I am delighted to welcome you and your children to my classroom this year. I have my Master’s Degree in Literacy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education. This is my first year as a classroom teacher. I have had many opportunities to encounter students with diverse needs and backgrounds. I have worked with children in settings ranging from inner city schools, a private daycare setting, Head Start, EduKids and an after-school program. Each setting has allowed me to work with children at different levels of learning. Most recently I have worked for the Sweet Home School District and the Huntington Learning Center.
Children are what matter the most in teaching. They need encouragement, love and respect from their classmates and teachers to spark their self-confidence and self-belief that they can succeed. As a teacher, I believe that you have to build relationships with your students in order to get through to them. Fostering these relationships within the classroom encourages students to problem solve and communicate amongst each other. I believe these ideals will create a positive environment in which children can flourish.
Describe what students will learn in your class
In first grade students will become stronger readers and writers who can share with others the joys of literacy. They will become skilled mathematicians with a hands on approach to learning. As a class, they students will learn to grow as leaders in our community and learn as scientists to appreciate the living world around us.
“Children do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care”. –John Maxwell