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Mrs. Ann Hodge, 5th/6th grade

My Story

My mother will tell you that she always knew I would be a teacher.  Had she shared this with me, my first year of college would have been very different.  As any good parent knows, however, children must choose their own paths in life.

I attended Radford University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where I entered in the fall of 1992 as a Spanish language major. At the end of my first semester, and after a very frustrating conversational Spanish class, I walked past a group of children playing in the faculty daycare’s yard. As I observed the interactions between the children and their teachers, I had a revelation. I am meant to work with children, to teach. Elated and relieved, I ran to my dorm to call my mother and announce my plans to change my focus. “Of course you will be a teacher”, I recall my mother responding. “I have always known that you would work with children.” That being said, I do believe my mother nurtured what she saw within in me; she is the reason I am an educator.

I proudly graduated in the spring of 1996 as the first person on either side of my family to attend college. Upon graduating Radford University with a degree in Education, I secured a teaching position in my hometown at one of the very schools I attended under a principal of whom I was a student. I taught 5th grade for two years at Thomas Jefferson Elementary, then GATE and 4th grade in Bozeman, Montana. I have been in California at Katherine Elementary since 2000, teaching mostly 6th and now 5th & 6th.

I am married to a wonderful man (my high school sweetheart) and a have a sweet, beautiful, talented little girl. My family always comes first but my students run a close second.

My personal philosophy on education:

~ All students can learn.

~ Every child learns at his/her own pace and time.

~ All students deserve an education; no one has the right to interfere with that education.

~ Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher.

~ Successful students have involved parents that value education.

~ Learning should be engaging and fun!

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