Name: Mary McCartney
Grade/Subject at what school: Preschool Teacher, Monon Trail Elementary
Number of years teaching: 16
Background/Schooling (college & high school):
George C. Marshall H.S., Falls Church, Va.
B.S. Developmental Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va.
M.A. Education, Marymount University, Arlington,Va.
Why did you become a teacher? I have always enjoyed working with children and knew I wanted a career that would allow me to do so. I fell in love with teaching during a graduate class and never looked back.
What goals do you have for your students? For my students to be lifelong lovers of learning and to always believe in themselves and their abilities.
What do you encourage parents to do at home to help their children strengthen particular skills? It starts with involvement. I encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s education. Parents should have an open line of communication with their child’s teacher so that they have a better understanding of the issue at hand and how best they can help their child at home. Students can really benefit from having parents that sit and work with them each and every day and whom provide a safe and nurturing environment in which learning is celebrated.
Name your favorite movie. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Name your favorite musician or band. I don’t have a favorite musician or band. I love a wide variety of music, but particularly music I can get up and dance to.
What’s something your students might not know about you? I climbed to the top of Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain.