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Welcome to Fourth Grade! I am thrilled to begin another year here at Oakland Elementary and excited to have your child in my class. It will be a wonderful year and I look forward to working with you as we challenge your child to work hard and always do their best each and every day. I am blessed to have been with CMCSS since 2000. Throughout the years, I have taught 5th grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade. I was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Tennessee in 2000. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University. I am married with four handsome boys, a sophmore and a junior at Northeast High School and two are attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This will be a fantastic year! Thank you in advance for all of your help and support.
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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.

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