courtney.austin@cmcss.net931-920-7422
I am Courtney Austin and I am looking forward to a great year with your child! I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I also received my Masters in Reading from Austin Peay in December 2016. I began my teaching career as a 2nd grade teacher at Byrns Darden in 2013. I taught 2nd grade for three years. This will be my sixth year teaching and it will be my third year teaching kindergarten here at Oakland. I am so excited that I have the opportunity to work with kindergarten students once again. I want to share a little bit about myself so you can get to know me. I have an awesome husband and a beautiful daughter named Avery. We also have two cats named Knox and Neyland. I love spending my free time with my family and friends. I enjoy going to Tennessee football games in the fall, as well. I am looking forward to getting to know your child and watching him/her grow this year!
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Oakland uses a positive behavior matrix that promotes student awareness in expected behaviors.  This matrix can be seen in every room, throughout the building, is described in our school handbook located in the front of each student's provided OWL planner, and builds off our character trait acronym (WISDOM) banners handing from our foyer ceiling.  Each desired trait is broken down to identify school related desired behaviors to create student understanding and awareness of expectations.  These indicators are also linked to Class Dojo, which is used not only by teachers but throughout the entire building by special area teachers, special service providers, support staff, and administrators to provide consistency for our students and with parent communication.  The six overarching categories/character traits that student friendly indicators are broken down for on the visual matrix that students are taught about and expected to strive for are:

  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Self-discipline
  • Determination
  • Optimism
  • Motivation

Follow the link below to view the full "Dojo and Matrix Cheat Sheet".  This is designed to show the connection between the values on the matrix and the skills that are on Class Dojo.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1inX51aZivGxBhD9n_w0BTGP4R07pYhVY

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GpoL9crNNWXRFNGXffwwaBHF94vZwCa_