Meet Virginia! (sounds kind of like a song title, huh?)
I'm so glad you've dropped by my blog! I have thoughts and ideas about a lot of things, and unless I specifically state otherwise, you can assume that the things written here are mine, and don't necessarily reflect the thoughts, ideas, or beliefs of my employer (or maybe even my friends and family)! I also have a lot of questions, and welcome your thoughts as you visit!
I am in my 28th year as an educator. I graduated from Emory & Henry College with a degree in Elementary Education and then spent the first 3 years of my career working as a 2nd grade teacher in Prince William County Public Schools in Northern Virginia. All the remaining years have been in Beaufort County, located in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Here, I've taught 1st and 2nd grades, team-taught a 2nd/3rd grade multi-age class, and one year I worked as a literacy coach in an 8th/9th grade school. The largest part of my career, however, has been in the area of one of my greatest passions: gifted education. I started teaching gifted classes at my school in 2000, and attained my MEd in gifted education through Converse College. In 2008, I took the position of gifted/talented coordinator in our district (that experience is its own long story for another time!) Fortunately, I have been back in the classroom working with the elementary gifted/talented students at Red Cedar Elementary since the 2011-12 school year. I am thankful every day for the work I do, for the children I work with, and for the privilege of learning alongside my colleagues and my students. If you are a teacher who loves your job, you know what I mean. I have been a National Board Certified teacher since 2004, and completed my renewal in 2013. In addition to my teaching, I also work as an adjunct instructor for two colleges, teaching the two graduate courses required for South Carolina gifted/talented endorsement. In June 2016, I began work on my EdD in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of South Carolina. If all goes according to plan, I may be "Dr. Pratt" in 2019.
Despite the fact that I seemingly spend the majority of my time (and a good deal of my money as well) on projects for school, I do have other interests. First and foremost is my family– my husband, Skip, who was my college sweetheart and has now been my love, my dearest friend, and biggest cheerleader for the past 25+ years; and my son, John, who has somehow turned into a junior at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Where does the time go?
I have lots of interests, and just wish I had more time and money to pursue them! Still, it is not unusual to find me reading children's or YA literature, tinkering to learn new technology, or playing games. I have a huge love of all things Harry Potter, am a U2 and Keith Urban fanatic, and have yet to meet a roller coaster I'm afraid to ride! I'm not an athlete by any means, but I am a huge fan of the Washington Redskins and Duke Men's Basketball. On occasion you might find me running/walking — not because I love it, but because I love eating! We have to reduce that stress and burn those extra calories (from the chocolate eaten due to stress) somehow!
Despite these passions, my absolute favorite thing to do when I have free time is curl up on my bed and take a nap– I'm a champion napper!
Some of my other interests, "favorites", and interesting facts are coming soon (at the request of my students). If you wish, feel free to connect with me via Twitter or email! Thanks again for visiting!