• 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.




    Ms. Hicks
    Ms. Hicks