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NAME : Mrs. Kirkland

SCHOOL: St. Matthew

CLASS: Fifth Grade

SCHOOL PHONE: 471-4930

About Me!

I am very excited to be teaching here at St. Matthew's!  I grew up in a small town in northwestern Ohio (New Riegel) and graduated from Bowling Green State University.  I moved to Columbus shortly after graduating and began my teaching career at St. Philip Elementary.  I taught fifth grade for 8 years at St. Philip.  Before coming to St. Matthew, I taught fourth grade at Our 
Lady of Perpetual Help in Grove City.  My family includes my husband, Mike, and three daughters.  Alana is our oldest and she is a freshman at Bishop Hartley High School this year.  Yikes!  Jackie, our second daughter, is in Mrs. Petrokubi's seventh grade class.   Our youngest daughter, Cassandra, is in Mrs. Spellacy's third grade class.  Needless to say, I feel very blessed to have my children surrounded by such loving and caring teachers and have the opportunity to grow and learn in a faith filled environment.  

My mission for your child!

My goal for the fifth graders is to help the students understand that 
learning is a never ending process that will continue the rest of their 
lives.  In order to be a life-long learner, I believe that it is important 
for the students to understand that they need both a strong work ethic and a 
natural curiosity about the world around them.  We will be doing many hands-
on activities and simulations as we go through the year.  Allowing the 
students to become actively involved in the learning process is crucial.  I 
also believe it is important to give students choices when developing a 
concept.   Whenever possible, the students will be able to choose which mode 
of learning interests them when completing a project or activity.  

I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your child!  Together we will 
take your child beyond the classroom to a place where each child can dream 
BIG and achieve any goal they set their mind to.