Welcome to Mrs. Mills' class page!
My name is Carinne Mills and this is my fifth year teaching 5th grade at Algonkian. I have previously taught 4th and 5th grade in Nashua, NH, and I have been working in the education field for over 18 years. I am really looking forward to working with my new fifth grade class. We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to, including flexible seating, Personalized Learning, D.A.R.E. and much more.
I grew up in the beautiful state of Michigan, also known as the Mitten State. After graduating from Western Michigan University, I moved to Washington, D.C., where I lived on Capitol Hill. I met and married my wonderful husband, who along with my family, made it possible for me to quit working and go back to school to pursue my dream of teaching. In 1997, I graduated from George Mason University (Go Patriots!) with a Masters in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction for Middle Grades 4-8. After having my second child, I decided to stay home and enjoy them while I could. When my children entered elementary school at Forest Grove, I became very involved with the PTA as Vice-President, and then began working again as a PALS tutor, substitute teacher, long-term Kindergarten substitute, and Teaching Assistant. Now, my son, Colin, is a Sophomore at James Madison University. He is in the Honors College, studying nursing. Goooo Dukes! My daughter, Keira, will be a Senior at Park View High School. She plays lacrosse in the spring. We have two dogs; a really silly Boston terrier named Ziggy and an older, beautiful golden retriever mix who sleeps a lot, named Maizey.As a student, I was not very confident in the subject of math. It turned out that all I needed was the right teacher to make me see how fun math could be. My goal for this year is to make learning FUN for my students, allowing them the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, while maintaining a positive working environment. We learn a lot of interesting things in fifth grade and I am really looking forward to the opportunity to get to know each of my students. We will have a lot of great experiences and opportunities to learn and grow together in the months ahead. If you have questions or concerns, please email me, Mrs. Mills.