Hello! And welcome to my store! My name is Holly, and I have been teaching fifth grade in Central California for the past 7 years. However, prior to becoming a classroom teacher, I had experience in the field (literally). I have a B.A. in Zoology, and began teaching when I was a naturalist at an outdoor science school in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California. There, I taught groups of 5th and 6th graders (a different school every week) lessons in ecology from birds, mammals, and decomposers, to other subjects such as archaeology and archery (I was an educator in over twenty different environmental topics and personal growth subjects). That position alone helped me build not only confidence as an educator, but also as a leader, and taught me how to always incorporate the joy of learning and my own personality into every lesson. It also taught me the great importance of connecting with each student and letting them know that they matter and will be respected and heard. What I learned then has everything to do with the kind of educator I am now. Along with teaching the major subjects (ELA, math, science, social studies), I also teach ELD (English Language Development) as 90% of our student population speaks English as their second language. Sadly, we no longer have art, music, or PE teachers, so I find ways of incorporating music and art into lessons, projects, and/or performances. PE is something we do daily, which is great for the children (and me!).
I would say my teaching style is Firm, Funny, and Fair. Perhaps it seems odd to be firm AND funny, however it works very well for me. My students know from day one that respect and kindness towards each other is non-negotiable in our classroom. I set high expectations and follow through with consequences. Even more importantly, I follow through with praise and rewards as well; and with fairness. I also believe it’s important to speak to my students "how it is", and not to talk down to them. I communicate to them clearly about expectations, rewards, and consequences, and then follow through appropriately. Because of that, I get to be fun, funny, and happy Ms. Hatch. Though of course there are occasions when grim, grouchy, and grumpy Ms. Hatch has to show her face. However, I would say about 90% of the time I get to have fun with my students. And that’s because above all else, I love to teach them. It brings me joy, and I’d like to think that I bring that joy to my classroom and to my students every day.
In 2009, I was voted “Favorite Teacher” by the outgoing 5th grade class (only time that award was given). In 2011, my fifth grade colleague and I directed the only musical (The Wizard of Oz) ever to be put on at our school and received special recognition from our Principal and the whole staff.
B.A. Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University. Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from CSU-Monterey Bay
I love music. I especially love singing and playing the piano. I do both on a regular basis. In fact, if you stopped by my classroom there would be a 99.9% chance you would hear me bust out into some kind of song to or with my students during the lesson.