Fifth grade students are so AMAZING! This is my absolute favorite age of students to inspire! Fifth graders are ready to take ownership of their own learning. When they are given the tools to do this, their learning and self-confidence soar! This is so powerful and exciting for me as a teacher…it is what I thrive on!
This year will be my 14th year at Rocklin Academy, Turnstone. I will be teaming with Mrs. Lynette Chappell and Ms. Kori Crowe (Meyers campus). The three of us will meet many times over the year to collaborate and to share ideas in order make the fifth grade curriculum even more exciting!
A few snippets regarding my background:
I received my BS in elementary education from the University of South Florida. I have completed all coursework for a Masters in administration from Nova Southeastern University. I am a certified trainer for Stephen Covey's, "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"; as well as professional education trainer of teachers in Pinellas County Schools (Florida); and a master teacher of levels I, II, and III university student teachers. I have mentored many student teachers from CAL State, UC Davis, and William Jessup University during my ten years at Rocklin Academy. I created and have coordinated Rocklin Academy’s Public Speaking contest (for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students) for the past 11 years.
The Pinellas County School District, in the state of Florida, is a district of 15,000 teachers. In 2003, I was awarded their Outstanding Educator Award in the category of "Motivating Students to Higher Levels of Achievement." I was nominated for “Disney Teacher of the Year,” and delegation leader for Washington D.C.'s "People to People Ambassadors" for three years in a row.
In the words of some of my former students: “Mrs. Klein is strict, fair, silly, goofy, spunky, has been known to make kids giggle, and she makes learning (even boring stuff) fun!" My students "become" my children (I have none)…all aspects of their development are my priority. Motivating 5th graders to take charge of their own learning and consistently giving their best is my passion. My classroom is an environment in which children (and adults) feel free to make honest mistakes: taking ownership of them and learning from them; and a place where questions, teamwork, caring, thoughtfulness, and truthfulness are the highly valued.
I cannot run my program without parent volunteers; all are welcome, at any time, all the time! I look forward to working with and getting to know each of you and your child, personally.