Born and raised in Nashville, I have been teaching 3rd grade at Madison Campus Elementary ("MCE") for 20 years. I have a B.S. in Special Ed/Learning Disabilities and Elementary Ed (K-8) and a Masters degree in Outdoor Education from Southern Adventist University. I have also taught 1st/2nd grades at Mobile Jr. Academy in Mobile, Alabama, for 7 years, and 1 year each in resource room in Memphis (Shelby County Schools) and Harriman, TN (Roane County Schools).
My only child, Ashley, attended MCE and Madison Academy. She is married and is a licensed veterinary technologist and equine anesthetist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. The majority of their patients are thoroughbreds, and Ashley helps prep the horses for surgery, runs the anesthesia during surgery, helps transport the horses to recovery stalls, and finally stays with them until they take their first breaths on their own after surgery. I am looking forward to becoming a grandmother in October of a boy, David Matthew Collins, Jr. ("D.J.").
I love animals. I enjoy playing flute and piano, being in the outdoors, children, chocolate almond flavor, calla lilies, and all things Oregon Trail. Each spring after a unit on the westward movement, my class spends an entire school day reenacting the Oregon Trail. I have visited several sites on the trail including Chimney Rock, Independence Rock, Soda Springs, the Ice Slough, the Wagon Box Grave, Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site, Devil`s Gate and more.
Without a doubt, teaching is my calling and God’s plan for my life. It is a privilege to work as a team with my students and their parents. My goal is to remain close to Jesus so that I can effectively teach His little ones of His unending love for them and incorporate Jesus into every part of the school day. I want us to know and love Him, serve Him, and be ready for His soon coming. Thank you for entrusting your child to me this year. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we at MCE will be praying for you and your children throughout the year.
Welcome to Madison Campus Elementarys Third Grade Class Site
The beginning of a new school year is always full of excitement, anticipation, and positive energy. There are new friends to make, reconnections with last years friends, new school supplies to purchase, and new adventures to experience. One of my favorite activities is to stand with my brand new class on the first day of school, face the flag, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance together. It always brings joy to my heart, tears to my eyes, and fond memories of my own elementary school years.
Third grade is a year of transition and learning new things. Mastering multiplication and division facts, learning to reason and think mathematically, learning to read and write in cursive, moving FROM learning to read TO reading to learn, and so much more are all part of the third grade experience.
One of my goals is to help stretch your child`s mind with critical thinking skills. Although our children need to learn content, they also must learn to be creative, independent thinkers, collaborators and communicators in order to be successful in todays rapidly-changing, technological world. My most important goal is to help them view the world with an ever-present backdrop of the Cross, to grow and maintain a relationship with Jesus Christ, to begin to identify the gifts they have been given, and to understand how these gifts could fit into the plan that He has for them right now and in the future.
Please keep all of us in your prayers as we begin a fresh, new adventure together. We will be doing the same for all of you.