Who is Mrs. Hale?
Hello! I am excited to share my love of learning with you as one of your fifth grader teachers. This year I’ll be teaching ELA (Reading and Written Language) and Science. Mrs. Neiman will be your teacher for Math and Social Studies.
Let me tell you a few things about myself. This is my third year at Lone Mountain Elementary School. In 2019, my husband, JD, and I moved to Cave Creek from Fort Collins, Colorado where we lived for almost 20 years and raised our two children. Our oldest, Mallory, will graduate from Berkeley Law School in the spring while our youngest, Jeremy, decided to stay in Colorado where he works as an EMT.
Although I was raised in Texas, I am not a fan of the summer heat. JD and I spent this summer traveling up the Pacific coast with our two dogs and cat in our camper. I spent most of my time reading, walking on the beach, and hiking as well as enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
I graduated with a Bachelor in Communication and a Master of Education in Teaching as a Reading Specialist from the University of Texas in Arlington. Before coming to Lone Mountain, I taught 5th grade at Zach Elementary for 17 years.
I believe we all learn best when we build off our strengths and challenge ourselves. Students become better and stronger readers when they are given a choice in what they read, time to read, and set goals for ways they’ll grow as readers. The same holds true for writing. We’ll look at what good writers do and work to show that in our own writing. My goal is that my students see themselves as learners and become critical thinkers. This happens in an environment where students share and discuss their thinking, growth is celebrated, and mistakes are honored.
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats