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My name is Laura Howell and I will be your child’s teacher this school year. Fourth grade is such a terrific grade and I can’t wait to see how your child will grow and progress throughout the year. Here is a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Clarksville, Tennessee. My husband, Chris, is retired military. I have three children named Justin (24 and is a Marine), Sean (178 and a senior at CHS), and Johnathan (5 and is a Kindergartener here at Sango). We also have two cats and two dogs. Some of my favorite things are: hot pink, iced coffee, anything true crime, and NASCAR (#18). I obtained my teaching degree in Elementary Education in 2004 and earned my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2006. This will be my eighteenth-year teaching. Teaching has been something that I have always wanted to do and I am thrilled that I get to do a job that I love!
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I wanted to take a moment to explain my classroom behavior plan. I use what is called the responsive classroom approach. It is a way of teaching that creates a safe, challenging, and joyful classroom. I understand that all student’s needs-academic, social, emotional, and physical are important. I strive to create an environment that responds to all of those needs so that your child can do his or her best learning. I teach students specific skills they need to participate successfully. I treat mistakes in a positive way. I view mistakes (both academic and behavior) as important steps in learning. I encourage students to learn from their mistakes and “try again.”

I have 5 qualities that dictate my room:

  • Cooperation (working smoothly with others)
  • Assertiveness (confidently putting forth your ideas and opinions)
  • Responsibility (taking charge of yourself and working hard at your learning)
  • Empathy (listening to others and understanding how they might respond to your words or actions)
  • Self-Control (thinking before acting)