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    Mrs. Napier's Autobiography
     
          I grew up in the Savannah area and spent many of my teenage years teaching and babysitting other people's children.  I knew from a very young age that I wanted to pursue a teaching career. 
          When I had completed all of the requirements, I graduated from Armstrong State College with a BS in Elementary Education.  My first "official" teaching position was in mixed-grade classes (K-5) at the Bethesda Home for Boys in Savannah.  I taught, and learned from, the boys for 3 years.  It was very much a family atmosphere, and I enjoyed playing such a major role in their lives. 
          When my husband and I got married, we decided that we wanted to relocate to the Effingham area.  My first Effingham County position was as a 4th grade math, science,and social studies teacher at Springfield Central Elementary.  I taught,and learned again, there for 4 years.  When my first son came along, I decided to try working with some younger students for a while.
          I then worked with pre-k students at the Central Learning Center, and Guyton Elementary, for 9 years.  During the course of my pre-k experience, I earned my Master's degree, was named "Teacher of the Year" for the 07-08 school year at the Central Learning Center, and had my second son.  The students and curriculum taught me a lot about patience, and about the importance of fostering beginning skills in my little students.  
          From there, I worked in the area of Language Arts with Guyton's 2nd grade students for 4 years.  Through this experience, I had a great opportunity to teach some in-depth topics and encourage older students to be successful in their learning.  The opportunity greatly prepared me for the high expectations of today's curriculum. I was blessed to be able to work with great students and teachers. 
         After teaching 2nd grade for several years, I transferred to teaching Kindergarten at Guyton.  I taught Kindergarten for 2 years, and expanded my knowledge of beginning readers and building beginning reading skills.
         Last year, I joined the Rincon Elementary first grade team.  Now, as I approach my 23rd year of teaching, I am thrilled to be a Rincon Elementary Bobcat!  :)  I am looking forward to working again with (and yes, still learning from) my first grade students.  I have found that young learners are sometimes the most inspiring for me.  I love to help them achieve the high curriculum expectations that will make them great students as they continue to grow in school.  I truly enjoy the personalities of every student who comes my way.  I enjoy watching them grow and learn as they move through elementary school.  They are all a great reason to come to work every day.  I can't wait to see what they'll teach me next!