Aloha Family Stakeholders,
A warm introductory greeting to express my commitment to your learner and his or her growth and achievement during our time together this year. Families and teachers working together within our community make the world go around for students in a positive way. I am proud and excited to be in partnership with you.
One overarching outcome for all students in my classes is that we are our best selves for our community. This goal emphasizes individual achievement and connection to society. The outcome also emphasizes caring and engaged citizenship: two attributes deeply needed in our complex world today. Respect for self and others is paramount.
My academic and behavior expectations are high, and I consistently hold students accountable for these outcomes. I support them well and I am available to them, but quality work and high engagement is expected in every learning environment.
Our administrative leadership has shared that families often request more information about who the teachers are as professionals and educators. To honor this, I offer this brief overview.
First, I am a life-long learner through formal education and authentic experience. I hold university degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Cinematic Arts (BA from Central Michigan University,) Education (BA from Colorado Christian University,) and Social Justice and Sustainable Communities (MA from Western Kentucky University.)
Second, I am an advocate working for educational equity for all students. This requires support from every sector of community. We just don't drop kids off at the school door and expect that all educational and emotional needs can be met without the support of nurturing families and supportive community. Universities, colleges, small businesses, corporations, non-profits, and health care providers all work together for positive student outcomes.
I am also a photographer and have used my passion and interest to document the people and cultures around the world that comprise the fabric of our global community. I am a visual historian, and those of you with students in our computer elective in sixth grade know that your students are now involved in this work.
Most importantly, I am surrounded and supported by family and friends who love and care for me as I do for them. My educator husband, my two sons, and my dog friend Houston fill my days with great joy. I also benefit from the many years of wisdom I have received from my parents.
May you experience fulfillment and pride this year as your student accomplishes great things. Call, write, set up time to understand how to best support the educational journey this year.
Sincerely, Theresa McClary•Jeffryes