Phone: (252) 514-4360
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Ms. Nevena Poluga
Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to Ms. Poluga’s First Grade Class,
My name is Nevena Poluga. I will have the pleasure of teaching your child this year. I have been working for the Craven County schools 25 years. Throughout my teaching career I have been given a wonderful opportunity to be able to teach in all grade levels from K through 5th.
I was born and raised in Bosnia, where I practiced the law before war broke out in 1992. My family was forced to flee from our country to save our own lives and we became refugees. We spent six long years in a refuge camp before we to came to the United States. In Bosnia, we spoke Serbo-Croatian, and at school I learned some German and Latin. When I came to the US I didn’t speak English. First, I had to learn English and then return to school to become a teacher. In addition to my teaching licenses I also have earned an ESL add on licensure.
I have two sons, 28 and 27. They were students at New Bern High School where they played football and won the state championship. (GO BEARS!) Now they are hard working young gentleman and I am very proud of them.
It is my belief that a child's success is based on a cooperative parent/teacher relationship. I look forward to working with you throughout the year.
I hope you and your child enjoyed the summer and that you are ready to embark on an important milestone in your child's life. First grade is a very special year in your child's life. They will be on path of growing socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Your involvement, interest, and enthusiasm will help make this a wonderful year of growth for you and your child.
As you talk with your child about their day and celebrate their best effort on the work they do, remember that first grade students are like popcorn. They could "pop" any time. Many times the process is more important than the product, and learning is accomplished by working alone or working with a partner, and as a part of a cooperative groups.
At this early stage of learning, it is important to set routines in your child's life. Try to set aside time each day to discuss what your child did in school and to finish their daily homework.
I feel that my greatest contribution so far in education has been serving my students to the best of my ability and being an advocate for their education.