Degrees and Certifications:
M.A. Exceptional Student Education (Grades K-12) English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL), Endorsement
Mrs. Ana Farias
I am honored and thrilled to be your 5th-grade teacher this year. I take my job very seriously, but despite my great effort and my good intentions, I sometimes fumble. Here are a few things that you should know.
1. I was not a perfect student and I don't expect you to be.
2. We all learn differently. This year I hope you will help me understand how you learn best.
3. Spelling well and reading fast make learning easier, but they have nothing to do with intelligence. I will help you become better spellers and readers, but intelligence is much more complex. Some of the best thinkers struggled with school skills. Please don't get discouraged if some skills are hard for you. It does not mean that you are stupid (at all). This year we will try to identify some strategies to make schoolwork less frustrating.
4. Tell me if you are struggling. Effort can often be invisible. I wish I had a crystal ball, but I don't. Let me know if I assign something that feels overwhelming. That way, we can create effective supports or craft a workaround plan together.
5. Sometimes I go too fast. I get too excited or ambitious or impatient. When I do, remind me to slow down. Everyone in the class will appreciate it, including me.
6. I look forward to finding out what gets you up in the morning (besides your mom). What are your dreams inside and outside of school? Let's try to connect them. That is where you will find the joy in learning.
Finally, sometimes school may not be easy, but it should never be miserable. Please don't suffer in silence.
Sincerely, Mrs. Farias