Model Teachers at NNPS

Model Teachers: 4th Grade

Meet this model teacher team and learn how college, career and citizen-ready skills come alive in their classrooms!

Michele McLean

Grade: 4th Grade
School: Epes Elementary
Years Taught: 24

What do you most love about teaching?
What I love most about teaching is learning and growing with my students and for my students. I enjoy building relationships with each student and each class. Each group of students provides new experiences and opportunities for us to motivate each other to give our very best. Seeing a student grow and learn both academically and socially is what drives me to work hard and make school a great place to learn. I love knowing that I have made a difference in a child's life.

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
Working together with others who share my passion for teaching is what helped me to grow the most. I want to be able to support new teachers by sharing what I have learned through my experiences as well as my positive attitude and love of the profession.

Why do you love working in NNPS?
I love working for NNPS because I feel supported. There is always someone ready to help with support, resources, and guidance. Collaboration in this profession is so important, and NNPS provides many opportunities for this. I have been with NNPS long enough to see many positive changes and I feel like a part of a community that is motivated to do what is best for children.

Tamika Saunders

Grade: 4th Grade
School: Carver Elementary
Years Taught: 5

What do you most love about teaching?
There is so much I love about teaching! Each school year introduces new students who come from a variety of backgrounds, each of whom make a difference in my life. Each unit and lesson brings forth new viewpoints. Each failure generates ideas to help me solve new problems. Each success prompts me to become even better the next time. Teaching involves working with students, parents, and co-workers. Teaching is a job that encourages personal growth because to do it well requires your own continuous education.

What makes NNPS a great school division?
NNPS is a wonderful school division. As an employee of NNPS, I am a part of a family of devoted people who believe in educational excellence. NNPS encourage and supports all their teachers through new teacher programs, mentorship programs, and a variety of professional development opportunities. NNPS provides every opportunity for teachers to succeed, thus allowing our students to succeed as well. "Smart is something you become" gives everyone the opportunity to learn and grow. I love working at NNPS.

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
"We are impacted by those who we spend time with. I am energized and motivated most when I am surrounded by passionate people." This statement is why I am passionate about supporting my fellow teachers. Teaching can be an overwhelming task. It is important for new teachers to surround themselves with colleagues who love the profession. I want to share new strategies or ideas that could help others. I want my colleagues to know I will be a great support, and I want to motivate them and be that positive energy.

Sherita Holland

Grade: 4th Grade
School: Discovery STEM Academy
Years Taught: 6

What do you most love about teaching?
What I love most about teaching is being able to see the transformation and growth students make over the course of a school year. These changes can be seen academically, ethically, and socially through their decision making and behaviors. It is rewarding as an educator to see when students begin to take ownership of their own learning. This can be seen when students display intrinsic motivation to do well. When I notice this, it gives me goosebumps because I know my students have acquired a skill that no one can ever take from them.

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
I am passionate about supporting fellow teachers because I know just how daunting the first few years of teaching can be. During my first year of teaching, I questioned whether or not I'd made the proper career choice several times. However, I was fortunate enough to have very influential people that encouraged me and helped me to grow professionally. I am very thankful for these influential people and hope that I can do the same for others.

What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?
No two days are ever exactly the same in my classroom. I'm very well planned but I also know that at any given moment things can change. I would describe my classroom on a typical day as organized but flexible. The students in my classroom are free to be themselves and are encouraged to ask questions and seek help from myself and their peers.