My name is Michaela Turner and I started teaching kindergarten in 1982 after graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. My experience includes three years teaching 4 year olds, six years teaching 1st grade, one year teaching 2nd grade, and the remaining years teaching kindergarten.....the grade I enjoy most! I came to Greathouse in 1995 after having lived in Canada for three years so I've taught every year since I graduated except for those three years! Two endorsements have been added to my certification: Early Childhood Education-Handicapped and English as a Second Language. For two years, I participated in the Reading Recovery model which is an early intervention program for struggling 1st grade readers. I have 3 children: Jack is 23, attended Midland College for 2 years and has now joined the work force, Elizabeth is 22, and a senior at Texas State University, and Anna is 20 and a sophomore at Midland College.
I love dogs, especially Golden Retrievers! I have a 5 year old Golden named Murphy who has his Canine Good Citizen training and is a certified therapy dog. He comes into our classroom on a weekly basis and is a big part of our year; being read to, written about, hugged, petted, brushed, and loved on! In the spring of 2010, I fostered a female Golden who had 4 puppies! The mother and her puppies found great homes a few months later...one home just happened to be mine! I look forward to bringing Tommy, my new puppy, to school as well, so he can learn to be a kindergarten dog!
I enjoy kindergarten more and more every year! I've learned to relax about the lesson plans I have to abandon when we take off on a interesting idea prompted by a student's imagination. I laugh more (sometimes just so I won't cry) but more often because I have such a good time with these youngsters! I never know what someone will say and am not quick-witted enough to come back with a pertinent response so I often say something like "Really!" or "How about that!" Such a large portion of my day is spent with these kiddos so I've decided I'd better like them and it's just easier if I love them as if they were my own....and you know what? I fall in love with them ALL ... very quickly!!! Each year turns into the best year ever!!