Degrees and Certifications:
M.Ed Reading Endorsement(K-5) Reading Specialist (K-12)
It is an honor to be teaching at Deer Chase for the 2019-2020 school year. Prior to moving to Richmond County, I was afforded the opportunity to be a Language Arts Enrichment teacher for grades 3-5 at a predominatly ESOL populated school in Gwinnett County, Georgia. This is my first year teaching in the Richmond County School district, and my 12th year in education to include experience as a tutor, paraprofessional, 5th grade team leader and an instructional coach for all elementary subject content areas. Having exposure to special education populations, regular education populations, and low performing populations has equipped me with knowing how to adjust to any learning environment. By far, this capability had a huge impact on where I am today and where I plan to be in the future. I currently hold an endorsement in reading grades(K-5) and recently acquired certification in K-12 as a Reading Specialist. I will begin my journey into taking leadership courses this Spring. As I explore the necessary components of education, it is my desire to become well rounded with knowledge of best practices to use for each grade level to better prepare myself and others to become leaders in the future.
My teaching career began in North Carolina where I taught social studies, science and writing in Pasquotank County and Reading in Cumberland County. From there, life as a military spouse led me to Virginia where I took on the role as an Instrutional/Academic Coach, and finally to the state of Georgia of which my husband and I decided to make our retirement home. Prior to choosing a career in education, I proudly served in the United States Army honorably. Love, Respect and Integrity are the primary components of relationship building in my classroom. I have high expectations for each child and will do my part to make sure that they perform at their full potential.
I have always been drawn to educating our youth in various ways with a focus on meeting them where they are. By focusing on student interest, I also learn new ways to approach and revise my own instructional practices. Learning is a continuous cycle and the willingness to accept change provides opportunity for on-going growth. I assume the responsibility of making sure that each student leaves equipped with something that will be beneficial to them now and in the future. Experiences that are intentional go far beyond circumstancial occurrences. It is the love, encouragement and wit of a teacher that shapes the mind of each individual in the world. Thank you for affording me the opportunity to be a small token in your child's future. If there is anything that I can do to assist with your child's success, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. We are in this together.
Mrs. Y. Blackmon
5th Grade (Science/Social Studies)
Deer Chase Elementary