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Ms. Rachel Newcomb
Hello! My Name is Rachel Newcomb and I will be your child's teacher for the '19-'20 school year. I will be teaching Science and Social Studies this year. I graduated from Texas A & M Commerce with my Bachelors of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies Early Childhood – 6th Grade. I was encouraged by my family that you are never to old to go to school in order to reach your dreams. I live in Van Alstyne with my fiancé Justin and our three girls, Kassidy 9, Harlow 8, and Harper 4. We will be getting married on November 9th of this year! I enjoy spending time with my family, hunting which is where we spend alot of our time, and making memories with my kiddos. This will be my first year at Smith Elementary. I am excited to make this year amazing!
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, nurturing, and invites sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each student is heard and environment evolves where students feel free to express themselves learning is optimized. Class meetings are one way to encourage such dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent rules initially and stating the importance of every activity, students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
For me personally, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. It is important for students in our competitive society not only receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will always strive to be the best educator that I can be.