• 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 2021-2022 school year will be my twenty-second 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--and I still geek out when I see her or hear that she's asked about me. In the classroom, I often share life lessons I learned as a student to establish relationships and show my sense of humor.  When not at work, I enjoy reading, sending cards to friends and family, shopping and watching TV (recent favorites:The Nevers, The Food that Built America, C-SPAN's Book TV and History TV, the last season of Vikings).

    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. If you have questions/comments about fourth grade, please contact me at vanetta.hicks@lcps.org.

    We all deserve a break after the extraordinary 2020-2021 academic year, so I hope that everyone will do relaxing things during the summer. I look forward to meeting my new class when we begin this Fall 2021 with everyone back in the building.

     

    Sincerely,                                                                             

     

    Ms. Hicks
     
    Ms. Hicks