Welcome To 6th Grade English Language Arts!
My name is Katy Ellmer and I am excited and honored to be able to teach your children this year! I can't wait to get to know each and every student but wanted to tell you a little bit about myself first.
I was born in Flowood, Ms. on October 4, 1989 but grew up in Oxford, Ms. I graduated from Oxford High School in 2008 and began my college career at Itawamba Community College. I then transferred back home to Ole Miss (Hotty Toddy!), where I completed my degree in Elementary Education. I am a huge Rebel fan and love calling Oxford home. Football season is my favorite time of year because there is nothing better than a Saturday spent in the Grove and in The Vaught watching my Rebels play(I also grew up a football coaches daughter so I've been around football my whole life!). I have been married to my best friend, Sam, for 6 years, and we have a beautiful energetic five year old, Madi Grace, and just welcomed our newest addition, Mary Katherine, in July!
This is my third year at Madison Middle School. I was honored and humbled to win the Madison County Schools First Year Forum New Teacher of the Year award for the 2016-2017 school year. I believe that as a professional in the field of education, it is my job to help all students learn and be successful not only in my classroom but in life as well. As a teacher, I strive to excite my students in all areas of academia, encourage their ability to create and try new things, and inspire their involvement in the community. I understand that by providing children with an education, I have the ability to spark change, to enrich lives, and to overturn societies. I believe that, as teachers, it is our duty to ensure that learning takes pace in a safe, open, and supportive environment, so that students are not hindered from their learning and so they can learn the important aspects of developing and fostering positive relationships with other.
My decision to pursue a career in teaching is due to the strong desire I possess to make a positive impact in the life of a child, and I believe that loving them first is the most important thing I can do for them as individuals. I once was told, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” and that has always stuck with me. I choose to teach because I want my kids to know that they matter. No matter what they’re told once they leave my classroom and the school building, I want every single student to know that they have someone on their side who believes they have potential for greatness. I want each student to succeed and know that they are able to do great things, both in and out of the classroom. I want them to know that I love them as individuals and through that love, empower them to see what they are and what they could be. With love, I want them to see that I believe they can change the world. Teachers that love their students and love teaching, teach children to love not only one another, but to love learning as well. As an educator, I know that education is the key to success and by instilling that same love of learning we are setting students up for future success, both in and outside the classroom.
I have an open door policy in my classroom. Please never hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have. I am so thankful for each of my students and am looking forward to a fabulous year!