A Little About Me

My Teaching Philosophy

Ms. Cooke and student

Each student is a unique individual and brings knowledge and prior experiences to the classroom. Through assessments and observations, I can determine each child’s strengths and weaknesses. This allows me to provide Differentiated Instruction to meet their needs. Hands-on Learning is an important part of my curriculum. Students learn by doing. I believe children need loving guidance, discipline, a safe and caring community environment, where they are treated with respect and patience.

My Career

I began working for the Duval County School System in 2002. I have taught in Kindergarten and First Grade. Prior to working for the Public school system, I was employed for 11 years in two different private schools. During that time I worked in the Extended Day and Early Learning Programs with children ranging in ages from 2 to 12.

I graduated from Jacksonville University in 2001. Upon graduating I was hired as a Kindergarten teacher at Justina Elementary. After 2 ½ years in Kindergarten, I looped up to First Grade for a year.

In 2005, I joined the Faculty and Staff at John Stockton Elementary as a Kindergarten teacher. This move has been a dream of mine. I am thrilled to be working at the elementary school that I attended when I was a child. I love working at Stockton Elementary and am looking forward to what the future brings.

During my second year at John Stockton Elementary, I applied for National Board Certification. As a candidate I was required to submit a portfolio, and take an assessment. This was a difficult and challenging process, but in the fall of 2007 I officially became a National Board Certified Teacher.

In 2008, I was chosen as Teacher of the Year by the faculty and staff at John Stockton Elementary. It was a great honor and privilege to be chosen by my peers to represent Stockton. In December, I completed an application for Duval County Teacher of the Year and I attended the Eddy Awards in April to celebrate with my colleagues and fellow TOY nominees.