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Hello fellow Timberwolves!
I am Ms. Susie Strong and I am thrilled to be a part of the pack for Year 4! I too, went to school in Loudoun County and am a proud graduate of Stone Bridge High School. Go Bulldogs! After Stone Bridge, I spent four years at Longwood University getting my Bachelors in English Education. I couldn't bear to leave just yet, so I stayed one more year to get my Master's of Education in Reading, Literacy, and Learning in order to be a licensed reading specialist. I have experience with teaching all the way from pre-k to high school, but have found my passion to lie in middle school Language Arts.
In my free time, I get to the beach or the lake as much as possible. I am especially fond of Maine beaches, where I spend two weeks every summer with my family. Although there is something particularly special about reading near the water, I spend much of my daily free time reading. If I find myself reading at home, my pet cat is constantly by my side fighting for more attention than I am giving to the pages of my book. The picture I chose to add on here is from my trip to the British Isles a few years back. I was lucky enough to visit Shakespeare's home, Stratford-Upon-Avon. I am posing with a statue of him just next to his childhood home, where I got to walk on the same stones he walked on a mere 455 years ago!
My goal for this year is to build an accepting and warm community that encourages learning. You will find a number of quotes and inspirational thoughts around my room so you will quite literally be surrounded by good thoughts like a favorite of mine from Roald Dahl, "If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." I also want to personalize your learning as much as possible and will encourage choice in both reading and writing each day in class. Let's root for each other and watch each other grow this year!