Name: Stephanie Lee
Subject: Language Arts/ Social Studies
Welcome to Third Grade! Come to Open House on Thursday August 22 from 5:30pm-7:30pm and meet your fellow heroes! Our classroom theme, "Be Your Own Hero", will lead us through a great third grade year! Our classroom is right under Spiderman....come and get to know us!
I am Stephanie Lee. I am a mother of three. Aaron is an 19 year old soccer referee and a full-time student at UNC-Greensboro. Ian is a 16 year old junior/senior at East High School with intent to graduate early, a KSA soccer player and an AG student. My daughter Kamryn is an 9 year old AG fourth grader here at Caleb's Creek. I have my Bachelor's degree from NCSU and a Masters in K-6 Education from Salem College. I carry a Gurian Institute certification in Single Gender education, learning the differences in the brain development of boys and girls. I am also an ESL-certified instructor. I have 13 years of experience in education. This is my fourth year at Caleb's Creek.
Why am I a "Banana Slug"?
All of our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes have a college "theme", which we use later in the year for our Multiplication Madness tournament. We use this college theme to promote higher education, planning for student futures, and for unity among our class. We have many "UNC", "Wake Forest" or "Appalachian" classrooms. It seems that we, as humans, spend middle and high school, and often much of adult life, trying hard to be just like everyone else. We want to blend in, to wear the right clothes, say the right things, "hang out" with the right people, despite what we really are inside. The UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs, as our class University and mascot, screams out in yellow and blue that being different is powerful. Being different is something to celebrate, to be proud of, to wear in loud colors. People have even asked me, "Is a banana slug a real thing?" As our students start to figure out what they are, whether they are "real", acceptable, productive, full of potential...all of those things...just as they are, we will remember the Banana Slugs, and embrace diversity and difference. Viva la Banana Slug! :)