Welcome to Sharon Taylor's Classroom

By Sharon Taylor on July 24, 2011
  • Grades: PreK–K

Greetings, everyone! My name is Sharon Taylor, and I am a kindergarten teacher at Riverwood Elementary in Memphis, TN.  I bring to my classroom fifteen years of joyous teaching experience. My husband Andrew and I have been married for nine years. We are the proud parents of four beautiful children, 8-year-old twins Allison and Madison, 5-year-old Hailey, and 3-year-old Jordan. Being a busy mother of four and a kindergarten teacher tends to leave very little time for leisure. When I do manage to capture a few moments, I enjoy amateur photography, arts and crafts, and watching some of my favorite movies. 

 

No one in my family was surprised when I decided to become a teacher.  Growing up I loved playing the role I knew would one day be mine. My classroom back then consisted of my parents, siblings, friends, and of course my always attentive dolls. After high school, I decided to pursue my dream. My journey began when I received my bachelor’s degree in special education from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. While student teaching in an open-concept school, I fell in love with the classroom across the hall. The bright smiles and giggles coming from this room claimed my attention daily. I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. I taught special education, which I enjoyed, for four years before returning to school to pursue my true love ― kindergarten. I began teaching kindergarten after receiving my master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. 

My goal each year is to make each child feel special while learning in a fun and safe environment. My vision is that every child will have high self-esteem, thrive on challenges, and have compassion for the needs of others. Each morning you will find me standing at my door greeting each child with a warm smile and a friendly hello. This initial greeting is followed by a morning meeting. During this time, students gather together on the carpet and have the opportunity to practice skills such as being attentive, listening, showing expression, and cooperating. Throughout the day you will find students in my class actively involved in hands-on activities, working in small groups, and above all, having fun while learning. Incorporating learning centers into my classroom has been a great way to supplement those boring worksheets with fun activities. My centers are set up to promote independence responsibility, and self-discovery. Our class wraps up each day with a closing circle. During this time students have the opportunity to reflect on their day and/or set goals for the next. I have very high expectations for all my students, and I know that every student will succeed. I believe that high expectations and opportunities for success are necessary for maximum student development. Partially due to my background in special education, I’ve had many successes with adapting my classroom activities to meet the needs of all students. These activities have strengthened and benefited every student intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. 

Teaching at Riverwood Elementary has given me the opportunity to spread my wings and soar in my classroom. We are a new school nestled in a quiet community. I call our school the giant melting pot of our district because our students come from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. This diverse population has helped to create a warm and nourishing environment for our entire school. Riverwood practices the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching, which you will learn more about as the year progresses. 

Kindergarten is truly one of the most challenging and rewarding grades to teach. 

I look forward to sharing this school year with you! 

Comments

Hi Natascha, it's so good to hear from you! I hope you are enjoying your school year. I'm glad you found me on my Scholastic blog! I hope you continue to read my post and keep in touch!!!

Sharon

Hi Sharon! Great to see you. When I opened this newsletter I said oh that teacher looks familiar...and it is you. I am happy to hear that all is well with you and to see that you are enjoying those little ones. I have been with 2nd grade for 4 years now with 17 total years in the classroom (3rd and 5th grades included). Take care and keep up the good work...famous teacher: ) I liked your ideas!

Hi Joy, thanks for the comment. Kindergarten is the greatest!The key to a successful year is planning an organizing in advance. I hope my blogs will continue to inspire you! Have a great year!!

Sharon

Thank you so much for sharing great insight into your love of teaching! I will be teaching Kindergarten next month, and I found so many of your tips and ideas on making their first few weeks so engaging! I look forward to the continued postings as the school year progresses. I'm a little nervous, but having read your posts has lessened that nervous feeling! thank you!

Hi Diana! It's great to hear from a fellow Memphian. Thanks for taking the time to read my blogs! You are wise to begin planning now. I wish you much success! Please continue to read my future posts. Comments like yours are truly an inspiration to my writing.

Sharon

Hi Sharon,

My name is Diana and I just wanted to tell you how much your blog posts have inspired me! I am a student at University of Memphis and my major is Elementary Education, Pre-K - 3rd grade concentration. Reading your story reminded me why I can't wait to become a teacher and have my own classroom, but most importantly, why it's important for me to start thinking now about how to organize and plan for a class. Thanks!

Thanks Sandy! I can't imagine teaching any other grade! We had or "Meet and Greet" at my school today. I had the opportunity to meet many of my students. They are a great group! I hope you will continue this journey into the new school year with me.

Sharon,

Love your blog! I too am a Kindergarten teacher and love what I do. I look forward to reading further posts.

Hey girl!! I like the site. You always know how to keep your classroom exciting. I had a scholastic web page, but scholastic ended those sites, so I will be trying something different this year. Tell the family hello and you have a great new school year.

Great post Sharon!!!! What a wonderful vision you have! Your passion for teaching will definitely inspire your readers! :-)

Hi Allie, It's a delight to hear from you. I have enjoyed reading your blogs from last year. It is my goal to inspire my readers just as you inspired me!!

Thanks, Sharon

Hi Sharon, I am last years Pre-K/K Advisor for scholastic and I just wanted to say hi and to wish you a happy and fun year. Best Wishes, ~Allie Magnuson

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