Mrs. Stroud at STEM Academy of Georgia this summer.Mrs. Stroud
Welcome to First Grade! My name is Mrs. Stroud and I am so excited that your child is joining our 1st grade family! I anticipate the year ahead to be filled with explorations, accomplishments, learning growth, and teamwork. Our classroom community will be grounded in mutual respect and leadership.
I love teaching at Austin Road Elementary. I began my teaching adventure in Alabama, where I taught At-Risk students through games and multiple hands-on activities for Hanceville Community College. I have previously taught second and third grade. Now I teach first grade and love, love, love it. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. I am endorsed in teaching the Gifted and Talented program with a concentration in K-12. I also have endorsements in the middle grades in Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. I received my degree at Athens State University in Alabama, where I received an honorary induction into Kappa Delta Phi, which is only given to the top 10% of educators in the United States.
Again, welcome to first grade! This year promises to be a new experience for all of us. This is your first year ever in first grade and my first year ever starting the year totally online. Please be kind as we figure this out together. I do not have answers to all your questions, but will try my very best to find and answer them as soon as possible.
I invite and encourage you to be an active part in your child’s education. If you would like to conference, please schedule well in advance. Our first-grade curriculum is extensive, and instructional time is crucial, especially now that it is virtual. I always want to address any concerns you may have, and I want to make sure to give you my undivided attention. We will plan to meet after school and/or on Friday. PLEASE feel free to communicate with me via ClassDojo.
PLEASE take a moment to join our class on DOJO. This is the major way I will communicate. Please be advised to view conference notices, reminders, and updates as it relates to our class and school. I will also provide instructional agendas, tools and information. It’s easy to join, we will send a code and you will type it into your phone and/or computer and confirm. At times, it will be a one-way communication tool, and you may or may not be able to respond to some messages.
I also email a little, so make sure I have the email you check most often. I will locate your email address in Infinite Campus, where your child is registered into our school system. If your email has changed, please send it to me via ClassDojo and update it with the school system. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email is below.