Hi! I’m Mrs. Davies and I LOVE TEACHING!
I am a teacher with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board in Ontario. I have teaching for 13 years in the primary and junior grades and have also worked in a literacy coaching role for two years with teachers and students in grades K-8. This is my sixth year at Ridgemount. After teaching grade 4 (or 4/5) for the past 5 years, I felt it was time to mix it up. Lucky for me, our principal was happy to grant my request. I am thrilled to be working with our grade six’s this year.
I have completed my three part Specialist in Reading as well as my three part Specialist in Information Technology in the Classroom. I am a lifelong learner and continue to develop my knowledge of children and teaching through courses, professional book clubs, self guided PD, professional inservicing, and professional networking around the globe. I’m excited to continue exploring literacy, numeracy, and global issues with my students through the use of technology, inquiry based learning, and stressing critical thinking.
As I am always learning myself and working to improve my teaching approach, I am so pleased to have such wonderful students each year who are willing to learn alongside me. Having taught many of this years students before, I know it will be an exciting year.
As you might have guessed, I’m passionate about developing students curiosity and drive to learn. I LOVE READING AND WRITING AND I LOVE HELPING STUDENTS GAIN NEW KNOWLEDGE!!! I feel strongly that we as teachers must adapt our teaching to meet the needs of our students. Students today are surrounded by social media and other fascinating technological advancements. Many of them will graduate and obtain jobs that do not even exist yet. We must prepare them to be adaptable; and while we’re at it, we better find exciting ways to engage them. I have found that all students by the grades 4 and 5 level have been using the internet in some manner (whether their parents want them to or not). I know this is definitely the case by grade 6! I hope to bring 21st Century learning to my students to inspire, enlighten, and excite them about learning and school. I also hope they will let me learn alongside them and from them so that I can make my teaching better everyday.
A little more on the personal side…
I am a mom to two beautiful little boys who keep me hopping.
My oldest son is now six and in grade one this year! He is my little miracle. He was born at 24 weeks gestation, and was just 1lb 7oz (699 grams). He beat all the odds! After spending every day with our son in the NICU at our local children’s hospital for four months, my husband and I value time with family more than ever. He is my inspiration to ensure every child, regardless of ability (or disability) receives my love and the best of my teaching.
My little big man at almost one month old
My youngest son is three and a half. He is the one who keeps me on my toes. He is fast and gets into everything! He has a beautiful smile and playful personality that always melts my heart.
Here they are now with their new cousin!
I LOVE to travel
Things have slowed down now that we’re a family and the costs of children have replaced the travel fund. However, I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places including; Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Africa.
Places I still hope to get to…
Brazil, Peru (Hike Machu Picchu), China, India, Western Europe, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, …okay the list is ongoing. I know, I’ll have to win the lottery to get to all these places, but I’m willing to spend my lifetime trying to see each.
Interests Other than Education (though really everything is about learning)
Reading just for fun! Rec league volleyball, yoga, fitness classes of any kind, feeding my addiction for home decorating programs and magazines, and lounging on a dock by any of Ontario’s beautiful lakes.