My name is Ashley Jacobs. I will be teaching 3rd grade here at ESLA this year! I received a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan- Flint in 2015. I majored in Social Studies with a Minor in Fine Arts. I graduated with High Honors and I am a member of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society) and Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society for the two year college). When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog. We go camping (all three of us), four-wheeling, and sight-seeing (even around our own town). I love school and I love learning, so any time I can attend anything educational (museums, professional development, etc.) I jump at the chance. I also am an avid reader in my spare time.
It is important that in this ever changing world I encourage and help my students to become leaders and to absorb as much knowledge as they can. I pledge to stay aware of teaching to the whole child. By giving students the space to explore their thoughts and to be creative I can allow them to think outside the box. Allowing children to learn through the creative process helps them to expand their imaginations. I realize every student learns differently so it is very important to take into account the different learning styles of my students and create lessons that are not only engaging, but appropriate and beneficial for all my students.
I realize that being a teacher is a professional position, one in which my students, their families, my school, and my community will expect me to represent with the utmost integrity. I will continue to conduct myself in a professional manner while in my classroom, with my family, and out in public. I want my students and their families to know that I am a positive role model in their lives. I prefer to take the initiative and solve any problems up front. I want my student’s families to know that they can count on me to communicate with them frequently and that I am aware of the needs of their child. I encourage parent involvement inside the classroom as well. I believe that young people need guidance and it is up to parents and educators to help guide them through school and life onto the right path. While teaching isn’t my whole life, it does make my life whole. I am looking forward to a wonderful year full of learning, leadership, and fun!