Welcome to Mr. Pritchard's 5th grade class! I am excited to start the school year and hope you have had a great summer so far. This will be my 1st year Hancock, and I am very happy to be here! Fifth grade is an extremely important year for students as it will provide a bridge between elementary and middle school. Students will grow more independent both educationally and socially It is my honor to lead them in both these areas so they all reach their full potential.
My Education and Professional Background
I am an Arizona native and grew up in Mesa. Teaching is my second career, I managed a resort on the tiny Pacific island of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, from 1998-2012. I achieved a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher after receiving my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix in April 2015.
My Educational Philosophy
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas.
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