To the Parents/Guardians:

I am looking forward to working with your child this year. Since I know you are interested in your child’s education, I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities available through our school as well as my Wikispace page where you and your child can review information on assignments and become involved in some fun educational activities. Everything we do will be posted here for your benefit as well as your child's.

I am excited that your child is in my class this year. My goal as your child’s teacher is to help your child reach his/her full potential while raising self-esteem. The English poet and artist, John Ruskin believed: “The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.” I believe that my students and I are all works in progress, with common goals, high expectations, and achieving success.

A cornerstone of my teaching philosophy and personal teaching goals is to help students develop their critical thinking skills.One approach to helping my students think critically is to present information in a variety of formats.Lectures, articles, visual learning aids, organized notes, charts, diagrams, and technology are just some of the different approaches I will be taking this year. Creative and formal writing assignments, research, different kinds of tests, and class participation in discussions all broaden the spectrum even more.

Each kind of assignment favors a different set of intellectual strengths as well as challenges a different set of weaknesses.I hope to present a wide variety of stories, poems, plays, and novels to inspire, spark the imagination, and enhance the way your child uses his/her critical thinking skills, and I hope to instill in them a desire to create their own stories in formal and informal writings.

I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s progress.Thank you for sharing your child with me; I am looking forward to teaching him/her this year as well as working with you toward the best interest of your child. Thank you for supporting your child’s education.

“To me, a silent school is not a school at all. Enforced quiet (Dewey) not only keeps the kids from being themselves and keeps teachers from finding out who the kids are, it also kills learning. Communication is the lifeblood of education.”


Marsha Barrow

Please navigate to the my pages on this website. You can click on any listed pages to the left and it will take you to that page. I update weekly, and my students have access at school and at home. This website will help my students and will serve as a reminder to them and their parents of my procedures and due assignments.