• Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.--Anonymous
     
    Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.
    --
    Marian Wright Edelman
     

    Education is your passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.--
    Malcolm X
     
     

    Dear Fourth Grade Families,

     

                Hello! The 2020-2021 school year will be my twentieth year in Loudoun County Public Schools. I’m a native Virginian who has lived entirely in its Piedmont Region. (This is an inside joke to anyone who knows the Virginia Studies topics.) After high school, I attended Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and Lynchburg College.

                Although I began my career teaching fifth graders, I love fourth grade because I think the curricula for math and social studies is great. I prefer teaching older elementary school students because my fifth grade teacher, Miss Cunningham, inspired me. In the classroom, I often share life lessons I learned as a student to establish relationships and show my sense of humor. On my classroom door, I have a whiteboard where the daily quote often sparks interest among students and adults.  When not at work, I enjoy reading, sending cards to friends and family, shopping and watching TV (current favorites: Snowpiercer, "30 For 30" documentaries on ESPN, C-SPAN's Book TV).

    I have high expectations for students because I want them to be successful in the classroom and life. Being a respectful, responsible, self-motivated learner is a part of that. At the same time, it is important to have a parent-student-teacher team approach to a child's education. So feel free to drop by the classroom to observe a lesson, or arrange to be a regular volunteer if your schedule permits. Please check your child’s agenda each afternoon to see information about assignments and behavior; I will check the planner each morning for a parent signature. Daily information will be posted on the chalkboard in the classroom for students to copy into their planners. If you have questions/comments about fourth grade, please contact me at vanetta.hicks@lcps.org. 

                I look forward to meeting a new group of students when school starts again, but we all deserve a break after a historical end to the 2019-2020 academic year.

     

    Sincerely,                                                                             

     

    Ms. Hicks
     
    Ms. Hicks