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Mrs. Amy Hurst

Hello! I am honored to be teaching such amazing fifth graders here at James W. Smith Elementary. I have been blessed to work with students who have a passion for learning and creativity. This will be my fifth year teaching and I am excited to see what this year has in store for us. 

I’ve been married to my husband for twelve years, we were high school sweethearts. We have supported each other through his years in the military and both of us completing degrees. He is an amazing father to our children and also supports me in my passions. 

We have two amazing children, Danika who is twelve and spends all her free time drawing and Luke who is two and spends all his time entertaining us. Our children are very loving and have helped us become better versions of ourselves. 

I am fortunate to be a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who attended Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. I graduated in May of 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. During my courses at Methodist University, I learned the importance of approaching instruction from various perspectives as no two children have the exact same prior experiences to facilitate their learning and no two students prefer to interact with lessons through an identical approach.

Our school is fortunate to be equipped with 1:1 technology.  This means that every child in our school has access to a piece of technology purposed with facilitating their instruction.  This is awesome and the benefits of this can be seen in a multitude of areas.  In our classroom, your child will have access to a Ipad.  We'll use this Ipad and your child's Google account throughout the day and it will serve as a critical tool to foster your child's instruction.  Ask your child to share their work with you and teach you what they've learned in class!  Students will explore a portion of instruction through project-based learning. This allows students to practice multiple reading skills at once while learning how to create a presentation or product of their understanding. It's also a fabulous way to integrate learning about social studies in a more authentic manner than simply reading from a textbook and answering questions. Students will actually be responsible for understanding the content. This is one of the best approaches for preparing your child for life beyond the classroom walls.

It's going to be a busy year full of mistakes, successes, hard work, and smiles.