• 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.




    Ms. Hicks
    Ms. Hicks