I believe that teachers are some of the most important people in the world! We have the awesome responsibility of shaping the future with every interaction that we have with our students! That, and the fact that I love learning and kids, is what helped me choose to become a teacher. I wanted to leave a “positive footprint” in the world, and what better way to do that than to teach?
My name is Kristy Mall and I am excited about sharing ideas for teaching reading in 3rd through 5th grades. I am a 3rd grade teacher at the Discovery School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I have two amazing children: my daughter Julia is 13 and my son Christopher is 8. Julia is a gifted, outgoing, middle school student, and my son is “twice exceptional” – he is certified as both gifted and high functioning autistic. Luckily, I am blessed with a wonderful and supportive husband and a terrific extended family that help me balance our ever-exciting lives.
I am in my 18th year of teaching, and have taught students from 3rd grade into high school. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1992 with a degree in English and a secondary education certification. Although I loved the curriculum of high school literature, I was concerned about the number of kids who didn’t enjoy reading, struggled with learning disorders, or were just disenchanted by school. After some soul searching, I realized that I could increase the success of those students by intervening earlier in their lives, so I earned my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction and gained my elementary certification. I have been teaching at the elementary and middle school levels ever since.
I have always been mesmerized by how children learn, learning disorders, how the brain works, technology and its affects on education, philosophies in education, and so on. I honestly love learning and am fascinated by the world in which we live. I encourage kids to ask “why” and to think out of the box. I want them to realize that they have the power to find solutions, to create a better world, and to achieve great things. To quote Mahatma Gandhi, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” That quote is the first thing that you see when you enter my classroom, and I try to show every child that they have the power to make positive change in the world!
Additionally, I am fortunate to work in a school that provides modern classrooms complete with SMART boards, laptops, and the latest programs to utilize to increase the success of our “digital natives.” We videoconference with schools around the globe, have had e-pals in more than 12 countries, and have even received our second grant for a full-time teacher from China to teach Chinese. With technology, we are able to create amazing projects, high interest lessons, and a classroom without walls and boundaries so that our students will be fully prepared to greet the future with open minds and global experiences!