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Educational philosophy: Our previous school motto "Teaching today's children with yesterday's values" rings very true to my way of teaching. I try hard to observe and learn about the "whole" child. I seek to know how they learn - visually, auditorily kinesthetically or a combination of all three. wI ask what their interests are.I try to evaluate what seems to help them learn best and what obstacles hinder their learning. It is with those integral factors in mind that I  teach -  encouraging the values of yesterday - honesty, hard work, punctuality, accepting responsibility for our mistakes and wrongs, and in general teaching them how to grow up to be a responsible adult, functioning well as a citizen of this great country. It is my philosophy that children should be taught but also they should be allowed to discover and create for themselves.

Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Vennard College, Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1980. My Bachelor of Science degree is in elementary education from Crown College, Bonifacius, Minnesota in 1982. My Master degree was recevied from Georgia College - Milledgeville, GA in 1995, and my Educational Specialist degree is from Southwestern University - Americus, GA in 2010.

Experience: I started teaching in 1982. 21 of those years have been spent teaching here in Crawford County. I started in regular education teaching 3rd grade, then later moved to interrelated classes in the middle school, and now have returned for the past 20 years  to the elementary school in resource classes for children with special needs.  It has been my privilege to work with many different types of academic, physical, and behavioral needs over these past 35 years. All children are special - no matter what the need. I have learned so much from each of them.

Personal: I am blessed to be married to Larry Gott, a computer specialist in Macon. Together, we have three grown children. Our oldest daughter is married; she and her husband have two handsome sons: Jackson and Nathan. Yes, it is fun being their Grandma! Our second child is Joshua; He worked as a marine for 4 years and now works as a merchant marine on a ship out of Savannah, GA. Our third child is Sara; She is currently a high school student at Covenant Academy. My hobbies would be playing the piano - I love playing with our worship band for our church. I also love seeing my family in Minnesota - so 2 trips north into the snow country and beautiful cool summer meadows are a tradition we have been doing for over 30 years. Last of all, I do enjoy reading and finding books for my school children to read from our classroom library. It has been my privilege to coordinate the Good News Club for CCES for the past 3 years.