Who is Mrs. McCann?In my opinion, teachers are some of the most important people in your child’s life. Not because we know everything, but because your children spend a significant amount of time interacting with us on a daily basis. I am sure you are aware of my official title, Mrs. Susan McCann, VFE First Grade Teacher, but that tells very little about who you are entrusting with your most precious thing – your child. Here are a few things about me that you may or may not know!Three Things You May Not Know About Me1. I love to bake! Cookies, cakes, and all the things that I probably shouldn’t! Making dinner though – I could pass on that and get take out every night!2. I love to read! Fiction, non-fiction, magazines – anything! I love to find people who have read the same things and talk with them about whatever it might be that I found interesting. I often pass books off to friends just so I can ensure that I can talk about them.3. I love to run – slowly, but I like to do it. My husband and I regularly sign up for 5Ks and have done a few half marathons. If you see me and say hi, I might not hear you because my ipod is way too loud!But who am I, really?I am a parent. I have two children, Jacob, age 7, and Emily, age 6. They are the most precious things in the world to me. In many ways being a teacher has made me a better parent and being a parent has made me a better teacher. For the time of day that your children are with me, I try to look at each one individually with the eyes of a parent, as well as those of a teacher. I try to understand who they are as little people and love to get to know their personalities.I am a teacher. I have been teaching for twenty years. I have been lucky enough to be a member of the faculty at Valley Forge Elementary for eighteen of those years. I have taught in third grade, first grade, various clubs (currently I facilitate the VFE Coding & Robotics club) and homework helpers. Each experience has made me a well-rounded educator who is able to take various approaches to figure out what works best for every child on an individual basis. I encourage every student in my room to be creative and curious, cultivate a life-long love of reading, develop problem solving and critical thinking skills, and most importantly, establish a love of learning that follows them through the rest of their lives. I also am a big fan of STEAM activities and incorporate these into many of the things we do in the classroom.I am your partner. I have learned that parent communication is an integral part of a student’s success and motivation. I will call or email with any concerns, questions or general comments I might have about our classroom. Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions. You are the person who knows your child inside and out. I can’t wait to work with you to make this the best first grade year for them!
Last Modified on August 12, 2019