About the Teacher

My name is Shiela Cole and I teach second grade. My husband Scott and I have been married for 21 years. Together we have three beautiful children,
Courtney - age 20, Cameron - age 18, and Caitlin - age 15.

During 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.

I received 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 in technology
certification while also seeking a degree in administration.

Mission 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 very much 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.

All these 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.



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