Meet the Teacher
Dear 5th Grade Students and Families,
I am so very excited to meet each one of you and start our fabulous year of fun and learning together. My name is Mrs. Rodriguez and this is my fourth year teaching 5th grade at Kellybrook Elementary! In your final year as an elementary student, you can look forward to leading by example, working hard to accomplish your goals, and collaborating with peers as you problem solve and explore various learning opportunities.
Let me tell you a bit about my background. Before becoming an elementary teacher, I taught preschool for several years at Northland Early Education Center. I also earned a social work degree and worked at a local hospital. My heart has always been in the classroom with students. For this reason, I decided to return to school and complete my Masters in Education and pursue teaching at the elementary level. After graduating, I was hired in Liberty and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience teaching 5th grade. My goal this year is to not only enrich your child academically, but to also create a safe and caring classroom environment where students feel excited to take risks, learn from mistakes, grow, and support one another.
When I am not teaching, I like to try new recipes, read, and spend time with my family. Speaking of family...ours is expanding! My husband and I have a soon to be 6 year old son and a baby on the way in late February.
I hope you have enjoyed your summer and are looking forward to a fantastic 5th grade year! I'll see you at Back to School Night!
Mrs. Crystal Rodriguez
Principles of Learning
Students learn in different ways.
Students learn in different time frames.
Mistakes are necessary and productive to learning.
Problem solving and critical thinking are integral parts of learning.
Students must have ownership in their learning and data.
Students must understand the purpose of their learning.
Students receive frequent and specific feedback.
Student scoring is based on knowledge of a learning goal, not attitude or effort.