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!

Jillian Hernandez

Grade: 4th Grade
School: An Achievable Dream Elementary
Years Taught: 12

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
I love supporting teachers, in the sense, the same way I love teaching. It's such an amazing feeling to watch someone overcome something & have their own sense of accomplishment, whether that is learning to read or feeling confident in front of a classroom. I believe my students sometimes learn best from each other, so I also believe that is true for us as adults. We learn better from someone who is in the classroom with us or when we go and observe, talk to, and brainstorm solutions with someone who is currently in the classroom.

What word best describes you as a teacher and why?
Flexible. My classroom uses flexible seating, but we also are learning to have a flexible attitude. A classroom needs routines and procedures, but the kids should also learn to adapt to the curveballs that are thrown into a day (teacher is out sick, split classes, having a bad morning, a field trip). Being able to learn and cope with these curve balls are life lessons that my students can take with them after they leave my classroom.

Elizabeth Schley

Grade: 4th Grade
School: Yates Elementary
Years Taught: 14

What do you love most about teaching?
I love that each child is unique and how to best teach them is a puzzle that I want to solve. I love to get to know every student as an individual and find out their strengths, their struggles, and their passions. I have worked for many years with English Learners, students with special needs, struggling students, gifted students, etc. I have found in all my years and with all those labels repeated, I have never had 2 identical children with identical needs or learning styles. I love figuring out what works for each child and for each class.

What is the best way to describe your classroom on a typical day?

My classroom is organized. The kids know routines and expectations and, for the most part, stay engaged whether I am with them directly or working with others. I am passionate about integrating the arts and other hands-on experiences as often as possible and giving students independence and ownership. We also love to joke and have fun in my room! It’s all about expectations, engagement, and balance.

Charisse Boyd

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

Why are you passionate about supporting fellow teachers?
My passion for supporting fellow teachers comes from my wanting to give back to my district the same support they gave me. I feel that my success as a teacher is directly related to the caring, quality mentorship and model teacher experiences I received during the first two years of teaching. I want to be the model who shows that teaching is truly a work of the heart and that there are no perfect lessons, only teachers striving to do what is best for their students.

What word best describes you as a teacher and why?
The word that best describes me as a teacher is committed. I will never give up, no matter how difficult or tiring the job may get. I have a strong desire to meet students where they are and to help them reach their full potential. I always strive to be the teacher that will go the extra mile and will stop at nothing to give my students the education, attention, and care they deserve.