Welcome to 5th grade! In our classroom activities will be student centered. I want my students to ask and answer questions using the knowledge they have gained throughout their experiences in school and at home. I believe in a growth mindset for all, students and teachers alike. We need to be able to learn from our mistakes and have the belief that we can do anything we set our minds to. Students will be asked to read for 20 minutes at home each night and will be asked to keep a journal of reading responses to be turned in and shared with their classmates and teacher.
My students will be engaged in all subjects throughout the school day with an emphasis on reading and math in both whole group and small group settings. My hope is to incorporate some of the social studies and health curriculum into our reading block to help students be critical thinkers and readers. Students will be given opportunities to work independently, with partners, and in small groups throughout the school day.
Hello! My name is Ms. Carter. I am a 2010 graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with specializations in Social Studies and coaching. I have been employed with DMPS since 2011. I spent my first year with the district subbing in various classrooms and grade levels and then took a full time 5th grade position in 2012. I came to Jackson in 2016 with 4 years of experience teaching 5th grade. I enrolled at Drake University in 2016 to get my Masters of Education in Culturally Proficient Leadership and Instruction and to complete my reading endorsement.
I live in Norwalk with my boyfriend, Matt, our dog Hank, and our cat Willie. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family camping and travelling. I also coach 10th grade volleyball at Johnston High School and I am a kickboxing instructor at the Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping Southside location. I enjoy being active and learning new things. My lifelong motto is “Never let and adventure pass you by”.
Hi! My name is Felicia Magee. I am so excited to begin my second year at Jackson Elementary as a fifth grade teacher! Last year I was a Title Reading/Math teacher for 4th and 5th grade, and am so excited to get to see the kiddo’s again this year as a classroom teacher! I graduated from Iowa State University in 2013 with my B.A. in elementary education with endorsements in Reading/Language arts. I began subbing for the Des Moines district for a little over two years before I was hired at Jackson. I am so excited for the school year to begin and to be learning right along with the kids!
I live with my family in Grimes. My boyfriend Josh and I have three children. Blake and Janaya are both going into first grade and my youngest Addilyn, just turned two. Needless to say, they keep us busy! Occasionally when I get time to myself, I love to read, watch tv, or spend my days at the pool!
First and foremost, I want my classroom to make every child feel safe, welcomed, and loved. In my class we will learn how to work as a team, think critically, and understand how the knowledge we learn applies to real life situations. I want my students to realize that what they are learning now will be applied and used over and over as they grow older. My classroom will have an underlying focus on working together and learning how to be a positive impact on our community. We must learn how to be Caring, Respectful and Responsible. We must know that mistakes are a part of learning and making mistakes is when you learn the most. Having a growth mindset and knowing we will keep trying until we succeed is an important goal in my class. My classroom will focus more on student led learning- with students working together and teaching each other.
I don’t want my students to read just because they “have to”, but because they have a chance to live in another world and experience life through someone else’s eyes. To think critically about what they read in order to make decisions and apply this knowledge to the reality they live in. To learn about themselves and the world around them. I want my students to understand that Math is not just solving problems. It is not only understanding HOW we do things, but WHY we do it and WHEN we use these skills.