The kindergarten teacher is, Mrs. Mary Hagaman. She attended King College in Bristol, TN and received her Bachelors in Education. Ms. Hagaman feels that all students learn differently and it is up to teachers to provide an array of different teaching styles/methods and push students to their highest potential. She enjoys taking care of her 10 month old son, Max, working with flowers and singing. This year the kinders will be studying living things such as plants and animals. They will also be learning about weather/seasons.
First graders are busy at work. So far this year they have completed a unit on Australia and bats. They have enjoyed cooking cranberry muffins, cornbread, pumpkin pie and butter with their wonderful interns. During center time, students enjoy exploring various computer games, math and measurement activities, art projects, building blocks and much more. In their math lessons, students are becoming proficient with sorting objects and learning new math games. Reading is always fun! Students read many different kinds of books. The students begin each day by reading from their book baskets. They are currently listening to the crazy tales from Wayside School.
The first grade teacher, Mrs. Carla Greene, is a graduate on Appalachian State University. She earned a BS in Elementary Education in December 1994. She continued her education, earning a Masters of Arts in Reading Education in May 1997. She began as the Language Arts teacher at Bethel School and now is completing her second year as a first grade teacher here. She is assisted by Mrs. Linda Wilson who assists with the first steps reading program. Together, they have a wonderful year at Bethel School.
The second graders have enjoyed learning many new things this year. In science they have been studying Habitats and took a trip with the Kinders and First graders to the Asheboro Zoo. They have also enjoyed their author study on Eric Carle, where the students have made click beetles and spiders. The second graders have also enjoyed having a student teacher, Ms. Ann Wilson.
Mrs. Fay Williams has been teaching at Bethel School for twenty-six years. While at Bethel, Mrs. Williams has primarily taught second and third grades. She received both her undergraduate and Masters degrees from Appalachian State University. Mrs. Williams has served on a variety of committees and advisories, including county calendar committee, teacher advisory, K-2 assessment, and she is also a member of NCAE. Ms. Williams feels that all children can learn and that teachers need to encourage children to do the best they can.
Ms. Warren and Ms. Jones
Mrs. Jones recieved
a BA in Elementary Education. When it comes to teaching, she believes
that every child can learn, you just need to find out the best way for
them to learn. Each child is unique! She states that "A child does
not care what you know until they know that you care." Mrs. Jones
mentors beginning teachers and says that she enjoys the schools parternship
with ASU. She thinks that working with the students and professors
keep her job "fresh and new".Some important events that Mrs. Jones has
planned for this year are working on in-depth units on famous people such
as Harriet Tubman, Abe Lincoln, and Martin Luther King Jr. When not in
school, Mrs. Jones enjoys quilting, reading, and sleeping!Mrs. Warren says
that when she is not busy at work in school, she enjoys camping, hiking,
and horseback riding.
The fourth graders are studying explorers through historical fiction. The students have enjoyed writing letters to North Carolina Chamber of Commerces inquiring about various cities in the state. In math students are busy working with decimals as the continue their study of Number Sense, Numeration, and Numerical Operations.
Ms.Tracey Stem obtained
her undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University and her masters in
education from the University of Northern Colorado. Ms. Stem guides students
learning through class projects and cooperative group work. Her personal
interests include outdoor and environmental education.
fifth graders are currently reading historical fiction novels through Literature
Circles. They are studying the 50 states in social studies and making a
travel log along interstate I40. In math students are busy learning and
working with decimals. The fith graders just recently went to the Biltmore
House with the fourth grade.
Amy Tilley attended
East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Ms. Tilley
has always been connected with Bethel. She did her student teaching
here under Mrs. Williams in the second grade. After she graduated
from Appalachian State University in December 1996, she was hired at Bethel
as a teaching assistant in the Exceptional Children’s Room in September
1997. Ms. Tilley then taught sixth grade and is now presently teaching
fifth grade. Ms. Tilley promotes making learning fun! She is a fond believer
in having the students read and write! She enjoys hiking, camping, traveling,
cooking, and dancing. Ms. Tilley also has four pets who she loves very
much! (Nicholas, Cody, Kasse and Chen)
Mitchell Yates, the
principal of Bethel School, received a Bachelor's degree in Industrial
Arts and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State
University. He has taught at both Hardin Park and Parkway Schools
and was the principal at Mabel Elementary for nine years. In South
Carolina, Mr. Yates was a vocational rehabilitation specialist for two
years and taught Mechanical Drawing for four years. This year marks his
25th anniversary in public education. (K-12)
Cone is the technology teacher at Bethel School. He is originally
from Vermont and graduated from the University of New Hampshire.
He taught both media and technology at Bethel for three years, and this
is now teaching only technology. Mr. Cone attended graduate
school at Appalachian where he received a Master's degree in Library Science.
Mrs. Miller, Title One teacher at Bethel School, graduated from the University of South Florida in 1994. She is currently working on her Reading Certification at the graduate level at ASU. She believes that the "teacher is a guide enabling students to be successful learners be giving them the tools and assistance they need to read their goal." This year Ms. Miller has enjoyed making kites, putting on plays, having picnics, and cooking with the primary grades. Ms. Miller likes to read, write, quilt, make crafts and take photographs.
Mr. Mike Fox received
his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and physical education
certification from ASU. Mr. Fox uses fun fitness and fundamentals to get
students involve lifetime fitness goals. This semester, Mr. Fox started
a weight training class for the middle school. He enjoys coaching basketball,
volleyball, and soccer.
Millisaps has attended Sims training for eight years and has also went
to accounting workshops. She believes that "when dealing with
people, there is good in everyone. It might just take a little patience
to find it." When outside of school, Mrs. Millisaps enjoys going to church
where she is a Sunday School teacher. She also enjoys spending time
with her family. Mrs. Millisaps says that she has had a child or
grandchild in Bethel school for 27 years.
Karen Cable- Special