Dear Parents,
     My name is Heidi Mullins.  I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year.  Since I hope to be working closely with you over the next few months, I thought it would be helpful if I explained some of my own goals for this school year, as well as give you some background information about myself.

BACKGROUND
 In 1990, I graduated from a local high school and enrolled in the college of education at Ohio University.  While at O.U., I studied early childhood development as well as elementary education.  I graduated with honors in June of 1994.  That same week, I interviewed at two local elementary schools for teaching positions...Morrison was one of them.  I decided to take a 3rd grade teaching position at Morrison... a decision I have never regretted!
 Since I have been at Morrison, I have taught in both the 2nd and 3rd grades.  My husband and I have had one child, a son, born in 1998.  In 1999, I finished my master’s program, and received my diploma from Marygrove College, Detroit, MI.  I enjoy my profession immensely.  Each day brings new challenges and celebrations!  It is a job that enables me to learn something new each and every day.

CLASSROOM ATMOSPHERE
 Since my concentration is in early childhood education, I appreciate children’s sense of curiosity and experimentation.  Therefore, as for the structure of your child’s classroom, I have arranged the environment to provide a cooperative learning experience for all children.  We will work in small, cooperative groups, or teams, as often as possible, focusing on interaction and problem-solving skills.  Research has shown that children learn more and benefit from working groups, and that cooperative learning teaches skills that children will continue to use throughout their lives (communicating, computing, compromising, and problem-solving).
 However, I also believe all children must learn to respect each other and value each other’s learning time.  Therefore, whenever a student is disruptive and takes away from others, or his/her own valuable learning time, there are consequences, and various actions will be taken.  All of these consequences relate to a reward system that is sequential.  Children are rewarded at the end of each month for appropriate behavior exhibited consistently during that month.  Typically, it is called our “End of the Month Party.”
 Finally, it is important for you to know that I try to foster a safe environment for the children.  I welcome a structured classroom, where all of the students understand their expectations and limits.  I am available to discuss concerns with you as any may arise.  I consider us a team and know I will need your input.  The school phone is 593-5445 and I am available both before and after school most days.

Thank you, and may we have a productive and memorable year!