Pearl Staff

Kim Fullerton

Kindergarten

As an elementary school student, I would often sit in the classroom thinking “If I was the teacher. . . I would do that differently!” As a teacher, for over 15 years, that seems to be one of the forces that drives me “How can I teach that, present that, rearrange that, better?” I’m always looking for new ideas to enrich a child’s life to help them reach their potential. In my classroom where there is a will there is a way. Many times I do things that are probably too crazy, too messy, too time consuming, too funny, too noisy, for most, but the important thing is the students are having fun, and they are learning without even knowing it. Sometimes the students themselves give me great ideas for things to do, and I try to incorporate them into our day. I guess I’m just a big student that is always looking for an opportunity to be taught.​​​​​​​

Valerie Johnson

First Grade

Cheerleading was always my favorite sport, which is one of the many reasons I love teaching! Every day I have the chance to get my “pom-poms” out, and cheer “You can do it! You can do it!” to my students. My aim is to:  challenge my students so that they have the opportunity to reach their potential, boost their self-esteem so that they will not be afraid to try something new, and provide a positive and caring classroom community where they can feel comfortable enough to express their feelings and concerns in a respectful manner. Basically, I want them to know that I am in their corner “cheering” them on, but I am also there to help them gain new knowledge in order to perform tasks they never thought possible. GO First Graders!!

Diana Bolinger

Second Grade

When I was a little girl, autumn was my absolute favorite time of year (well, except for Christmas of course). It meant brand new crayons and sharpened pencils, an updated fall wardrobe and even the latest in stylish book bags, all for the first day of school! SCHOOL!!....What a great place to be! A place to learn interesting facts and create works of art, with your best friends and an energetic teacher.  School is still an exciting place to be, but I get to be the one inspiring students to do their best, and to learn more than they thought they could. To me it’s a job that doesn’t “feel “ like a job…..and I still get a kick out of new school supplies.
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Jaylenn Wong

Third Grade

As a child, the greatest thing I learned was to love reading!  I love it all: stories about imaginary lands, essays about culture and society, biographies of great men and women, theology, philosophy, debates, classic pieces of literature, even grammar!  Learning how to appreciate the way a book could carry you off into another world inspired a passion for learning that I would love to pass on to each child that sits in my classroom.  Whether it is through literature, science, or math, I believe that each child has something that will inspire the same awe and love for learning that reading inspired in my young life.  

Stacie Prest

Fourth Grade

I believe every child is born with a purpose, and I was definitely born to teach. I've wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school myself, and it has been everything I dreamed it would be. I treasure the moments that help each child reach for their dream and purpose in life...when a student finally "gets" long division, when a shy child makes a presentation in front of the class and smiles at the applause they receive, when a struggling student earns an A+ on the vocabulary quiz they studied hard for, when I get to quietly observe two students complete a successful science experiment by working together. These moments make my job a joy and I really look forward to each new day as an opportunity to inspire children and witness their successes.
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Andy Chang

Fifth Grade

It's been said that if you find something you love to do, then you'll never have to work another day in your life. Well, I believe that thing has found me. For the past decade, children have been a passion of mine and teaching has been the vehicle that enables me to carry out that passion. I embrace the responsibility of instilling self-confidence and knowledge into a child, and thus my focus as a teacher is to develop a relationship with each student that enhances that process. By the end of the year, my mission is that each child will be equipped with more tools to expand their capacity of being successful in life. With a calling like that, what's not to love?

Lindy Joe

Choir Director

Dan Kirby

Band Director

Lori Moore

School Principal

Michaela Ixta

School Secretary