This week marked National Fire Prevention Week and our students got a special lesson on fire safety from the Roanoke County Fire Department. ECP and Kindergarten students watched a firefighter dress in his gear to teach them not to be afraid of uniformed fire fighters which can be scary and unfamiliar to young children, especially in a time of emergency. After dressing, the firefighter went around and "fist bumped" the students, further removing the barrier between the "masked man" and his job to help save lives. The kids response was overwhelmingly positive. Students also had the chance to walk inside a fire truck, sit in an ambulance, and touch a real fire hose. As a special and unexpected treat, a few of the rescue workers hung around to play with the kids on the playground. We are so grateful for their time and positive energy and for teaching our youngest students the importance of being safe.
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: B.A. in English, Hollins University; M.A.T., Hollins University
Current Position: First Grade Teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? Roanoke, VA
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? My first experience at North Cross was as a student in Pre-Kindergarten in 1992! I vividly remember doing center rotations and practicing independent, task-based skills based on Montessori methods.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? There is nothing more wonderful than seeing your students having tons of fun while learning! Crafting lessons that will get students up, moving, laughing, and working together to accomplish a goal are the moments I treasure.
What was your favorite book you read in school? The first book I can recall taking off with was Roald Dahl’s Matilda when I was in Third Grade. I remember reading the first 50 pages the afternoon I got the book and truly feeling like I was reading for pleasure for the first time.
… with the help of some dedicated parents and faculty, that's how. An overcast sky for an outside dedication may unnerve some groups, but not the parents and faculty who made the Lower School Garden possible. They love when it rains! These dedicated women came together Wednesday afternoon to be honored for their vision, time and funding that made this garden a reality for the entire Lower School to enjoy—and for anyone who took part in the school's salad bar early this fall!
Pictured right: Lisa with her four children: Michael, and triplets Lauren, Kelsey, and Rachael
Hometown: Huntington, New York
Education: B.S. in Elementary and Middle School Education; M.S. in Educational Administration; Ed.S. in Reading
Current Position: Fifth grade language arts and history teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? I grew up at the beach on Long Island. Even though I miss the sand and surf, I love living in Roanoke. The mountains are beautiful and the people are so warm and friendly!
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I'm handy. I built a tree house all by myself for my four children.
Hometown: Salem, VA
Education: B.A. Virginia Tech M.A.T Hollins University
Current Position: 4th/5th Grade Math Teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? Salem, VA
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? I love the "lightbulb moment" when a student has worked hard to understand a concept and I can see it clicking in place. Being able to see all that hard work and effort turn into learning is hands down the best part of my job. My passion is building relationships with my students and helping all students be the best versions of themselves.
Among the many forms parents had to fill out at the beginning of the school year may have included the Extended Day paperwork necessary for us to retain our certification from the Department of Social Services (DSS). But retaining this status requires much more than paperwork. Recently DSS did an on-site review of the North Cross Extended Day program and we are happy to report we passed with flying colors, thanks in large part to Director Daryan Horner and Assistant Director Rhea Rupert and their dedicated and caring staff: William Langhorn, Hollie Martin, Emily Beard and Micah Giraudeau, with three substitutes on hand as numbers and absences require.
The McKinnon Memorial Garden, created in loving memory of Patrick and Logan (two Lower School students who were tragically lost to us in early spring) was dedicated on Thursday, August 18 in a small, private, ceremony. It was attended by the boys parents, Lindsay and Tom, and their godparents and grandmother. Headmaster Chris Proctor lead a small contingent of the North Cross community. The event was followed by a reception at the Proctor’s home to thank the many individuals who had made donations to the McKinnon Memorial Fund. The reception was planned by Ellie Proctor and BJ Preas, who was the spiritual and financial force that made all of this possible.
Sharon Daly and Miranda Greear will be lead teachers in the recently split second grade.
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