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I have been teaching at Porter my whole teaching career which has been 13 years.  I taught 5th grade for seven years and have been teaching 4thgrade for six years so far.  As challenging as teaching can be, I still love it!  We survived last year and I believe that we can persevere this year.  I’m looking forward to a GREAT YEAR!!!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

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updated 1/24/22

Welcome To 4th Grade


Back to School PPT with Audio

Back to School PPT without Audio


Month of: January

The following are upcoming events for the month of January:

Earth, Moon and Sun Test - 1/21

Multiplication and Division Retake - 1/24

Virginia in the New Nation - 1/26

End of 2nd Quarter (1/2 day) - 1/27

Teacher Workday (No School) - 1/28

Please sign up to receive messages via text or email using the link below. This will allow me to alert/notify you about upcoming assignments or events: Remind Link



Due to our late lunch schedule, fourth grade will have a morning snack.  All students may bring in a snack each day for themselves.  No sharing!  Snacks should be healthy, quick & easy to eat, and cannot be stored in the classroom overnight.  Some examples of healthy snacks would be fruits, vegetables, pretzels or granola bars.  Water ONLY.  Please be aware that some days we may need to forfeit snack due to a busier than normal schedule.

Water Bottle Donations

Please click on the following link to sign up for water bottles for the classroom.

SignUp Genius


4th grade Supply List  - One (1) additional binder is needed for a total of 3 binders.  Labels will be handed out in class.



Important Information

One of the ways that I will be communicating instruction will be through Zoom and Canvas. Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) that allows teachers to virtually deliver content to students. Please explore the resources below to help you better understand Canvas.

Canvas Resources:
What is Canvas and Zoom?
Parent Canvas Orientation
Canvas Student Guide
Student Video Guides

Curriculum Documents
Language Arts Documents
Math Documents
Science Documents
Virginia Studies Documents

Year at a Glance



CONTACT ME at [email protected] 

Our Encore Rotation
Day 1 - Music with Mrs. Kelsey
Day 2 - PE with Mrs. Valdes
Day 3 - Art with Dr. Nicholson

Our Classroom Schedule: 




Encore (Music, PE, Art)


Math 2




Stars & Stripes


Language Arts

1:10 - 2:10

Lunch & Recess

2:10 – 3:40




Upcoming Events