is Shiela Cole and I teach second grade. My husband Scott and
I have been married for 21 years. Together we have three beautiful
Courtney - age 20, Cameron - age 18, and Caitlin - age 15.
the 2005 - 2006 school year I was very honored to be voted as Chahta-Ima's
Teacher of the Year by my peers. I have been teaching at Chahta-ima
for the past 17 years. My first year at Chahta-Ima, I taught in
the Title 1 Reading Lab teaching students in grades K-3. For the
next 7 years, I taught second grade. For the next 3 years, I was
given the opportunity to teach first grade. I then returned to
second grade and taught for another 3 years. Last year I took a
big leap and moved to third grade along with my students from the
previous year. I have now moved back to second grade, the grade
I enjoy teaching.
my undergraduate degree from the Southeastern Louisiana University
in 1996. I continued my education at Northwestern State University
and have received my master's degree in education with an emphasis
in technology. During the current school year, I will continue
to attend NSU and work towards receiving a Specialist degree
certification while also seeking a degree in administration.
For The Class
As a young
child playing games, I often found myself teaching imaginary
students how to read, write, and add. I named these students
and began to plan imaginary activities and lessons to help
my students to succeed. As the neighborhood grew, the younger
children began to attend my make-believe school and I enjoyed
teaching them how to write the letters of the alphabet and
how to add numbers. Not long after, I realized that I enjoyed
working with children and wanted to become a teacher.
As a student
who needed that extra bit of assistance, that little pat on
the back and show of support, I was indeed fortunate to have
teachers willing to go the extra miles that it took to help
me succeed. My success was their priority. They believed that
I could overcome any learning obstacles. As a result, these
teachers still have an impact on me today. Therefore, I feel
compelled to carry on the legacy of these wonderful women,
to help others as they helped me. My teachers' beliefs, ethics,
and values were evident in
their daily lessons and in the way they treated their students. I firmly believe
that their life lessons and nurturing ways provided me with the self- esteem
and positive educational experiences that I needed to succeed in school. I myself
am a product of some whom I consider to be the best teachers in the world that
have helped me accomplish my dreams.
experiences in school and the relationship with my teachers
greatly influenced my belief in how important it is to have
a good education, and, how it is to have a teacher who goes
that extra mile. I believe that all students can learn and
over come all obstacles to become sucessful. I often remember
the feelings of achievement and excitement as I
understood and learned the skills needed to be successful. These feelings brought
to light my desire to work with children and help them to learn and become successful.
As a teacher, I work hard to inspire as my teachers inspired, and to nurture
as my teachers nurtured.