About Jennifer B. Hetrick

Famous Literary Characters Day

In May 2010 I graduated from The College of William and Mary with a Psychology major and a Studio Art minor. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Elementary Education, also from The College of William and Mary, and am due to graduate in May 2011. My experience at William and Mary as an undergrad combined with the outstanding reputation of the School of Education prompted me to apply to the Elementary Education program where I know I have received the best education possible. I was also recently inducted into the William and Mary chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society. I began my higher education in 2006 at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. After a year and a half of personal frustrations, I decided to take some time off from school to reevaluate my goals. During my time off, I worked as a teacher’s aid in The Co-operative Nursery School in Summit, NJ and a sixth grade basketball coach at The Pingry School in Martinsville, NJ. Though I have also worked as a summer camp counselor for most of my young adult life, I did not realize that I wanted to be a teacher until I was in an actual classroom.
As part of my master’s program at William and Mary, I am gaining experience through my student teaching placement with Mrs. Kelly Stewart at Greenwood Elementary School. For a year I will be sharing Mrs. Stewart’s class of approximately twenty first grade students in Newport News, Virginia. Nearly forty percent of the students in Mrs. Stewart’s class are
English Language Learners in this Title I school, so I am fortunate to have over five years of experience with speaking Spanish. To qualify as a Title I school, 40% or more of the students must be enrolled in the free or reduced lunch program; Greenwood has over 50% of their students enrolled. Greenwood Elementary has a diverse student body with approximately 900 students, making it one of the largest elementary schools in Newport News. This past year, every classroom has a SMARTboard and three computers, and each grade level has a document camera. As well, the school sets aside two hours a week every Wednesday to specifically work on improving planning and foster teacher development among their colleagues. While at Greenwood, I taught lessons in first grade, fifth grade, second grade, and kindergarten while also observing lessons in all subject areas in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

As you can see in the picture above, I love immersing myself in the wonderful world of the elementary classroom. In this photo, a fellow student teacher and I are participating in Greenwood Elementary's Famous Literary Characters Day on November 17, 2010. We decided to dress up as characters from Maurice Sendack's famous picture book, Where the Wild Things Are (I am Max, the leader of the wild rumpus, on the left and Amanda is Carol, a Wild Thing). We both hand made our costumes in anticipation of this day and planned to do joint read-alouds all around the school. This is one of my favorite moments from student teaching because it was engaging, meaningful, and definitely thought-provoking.

This automated VoiceThread slideshow is a glimpse into my life both inside and outside of the classroom. It was completed as a minor assignment in my foundational Language Arts and Literacy class in the fall of 2010 as a means of introducing myself to my professors and classmates. The photographs, videos, and comments featured in this production showcase my love for learning and adventure and provide a glimpse at the artifacts featured in this digital portfolio. Please enjoy it at your leisure and feel free to leave a comment!

This eFolio is designed to display an ongoing collection of my thoughts and experiences throughout this program. The links on the left-side panel are designed to make navigating the site as simple as possible. If you have any additional questions or concerns, or you are interested in additional information, please contact me anytime at jbhetrick@gmail.com.