Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to first grade! I am thrilled to be here at Mannsdale. This is my tenth year at Mannsdale, and it is my 15th year teaching. I received my Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Rhodes College, and my Master of Arts in Teaching from The University of Memphis. I have been married to Matt Word for fourteen years, and we have three children- Lawler (12), Wyatt (9), and Isla (5). I enjoy reading, traveling, running, hiking, mountain biking, and playing with my children! I strive to teach the whole child- emotionally, socially, and academically. When a child steps into my classroom, it is imperative that I instill in them a sense of self. I truly believe that reaching the whole child leads to a highly motivated and effective student. I hope to create a risk-free environment where students feel safe to express themselves, make mistakes, and learn from one another. It is my goal to instill a love for learning in my students. I want their day to be filled with exciting, engaging, hands-on experiences. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to a great year with my 1st graders!