Meet Mrs. Hallowell, Kindergarten Teacher

Tell us about yourself:  I grew up in Whitefield, Maine and attended the University at Farmington where I earned my Early Childhood Education degree.  After five years of teaching first grade and kindergarten in Dresden and Topsham, I happily returned to teach in my hometown.  While at Whitefield Elementary School, I taught grades kindergarten through second grade, including a K/1 multiage class.  I also earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership at University of Southern Maine to support my work as the assistant principal at Whitefield.  My most recent assignment has been teaching kindergarten in Wiscasset while working toward my second master's degree in Early Childhood Education and National Board Certification.

My family and I love living in Midcoast Maine where we can jump in a kayak or sailboat in the summer or take snowy hikes in the winter.  My husband, three boys and I enjoy camping, baseball, and track.  When we have time at home, I enjoy spinning yarn, knitting, and reading.

Tell us why you like to teach kindergarten:  Kindergarten is magic to teach!  Kindergarten students are curious, enthusiastic, energetic, and kind.  The growth students make in the kindergarten year is so exciting I can't wait to get to school each day to learn what new connections my students have made.

What are your favorite student units:  My favorite units are the ones where I can make the learning real for my students, like when I bring in a spinning wheel and drop spindles so children can spin their own yarn and then practice weaving after they read Charlie Needs a Cloak.  Writing is a wonderful subject to teach because children will use writing to communicate across all the other subject areas, and in kindergarten a child's transformation into becoming a writer is amazing.

What is your parent contact plan:  I believe families are the key to success in a child's educational journey.  Families trust us with their most precious assets and I work hard to earn and maintain that trust.  To the end, parents can contact me by phone, email, and Class Dojo.  I also use daily home-school communication books to share information about the child.  My hope is that parents always feel they can contact me to share successes and sort out concerns.

What are your homework guidelines:  My homework dream is for parents to read and talk with their children every night.  As children work to meet their individual goals, I will give suggestions to families of how they can help their child meet the goal at home.