Terri Kelly

First Grade

Terri Kelly

Terri Kelly is a first grade teacher with over twenty years of teaching experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Her passion in education is to make a positive difference in the lives of her students.
Terri’s experiences in education include teaching in private, public, and charter schools. She is also an author and has worked as the editor of Devokids.com and an acquisitions editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.

My personal experience story.

What I love about The Mountain Community School is the small class size, close community, and experienced educators. This combination creates a strong school. Our school celebrates students’ unique minds and personalities. Above all, the most important reason I teach at The Mountain Community School is that we care for and love our students.

I joined The Mountain Community School when the doors opened in 1999. In 2003, I entered the world of stay-at-home moms for eight years to be with my son and daughter. I rejoined TMCS in 2013 and am excited again to work in the same wonderful school. Our school promotes great content and creativity.

Our school creates an atmosphere not only for children to soar, but for the faculty as well. As an author, I am supported and encouraged. In addition to teaching first grade, I teach at writing conferences and serve as assistant director of Writers Boot Camp in Asheville, NC.

As a result, I pour my love of writing into the classroom with me. I am the author of a children’s book, Mary Slessor, Missionary Mother. I’ve contributed to book compilations including Divine Moments, Faith and Family, and Spirit and Heart. My published articles appear in Kids’ Ark Magazine, Clubhouse, and numerous online publications.

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Events Calendar

September 2020

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  • TMCS Board Meeting

Classroom FAQ

  • Always create a positive atmosphere when you read with your child. Cozy up side-by-side and ask your child to take a picture walk of the book.
  • The pictures offer clues for harder to read words and increase comprehension.
  • Then, read the title to your child. Now your child is ready to read the book to you.
  • Help as needed, but avoid giving a word to your child. Instead, point out picture clues, try the first letter sound, last letter sound, and use picture clues to help.
  • If it’s a hard-to-read work (sight words) still have him/her try the first letter sound and then help.
  • Discuss the story afterwards to build comprehension.
  • Reread books to build fluency, deepen comprehension, and increase your child’s confidence.
  • Read every night, if possible, even if you only have a few minutes.

Yes! Read chapter books that are beyond your child’s reading level, but not their listening comprehension level. Story time is a wonderful way to increase vocabulary, comprehension, and expand your child’s experiences through stories.

In our class, we build a community based on care, compliments, and concerns. We learn to respect because we care. We compliment because we celebrate the achievements of our classmates. We discuss concerns because we learn how to communicate effectively.

Currently the first grade class will foray into Water as our first expedition. In the spring, we’ll study Structures.

The HERO Notebook is an acronym for: Have Everything Ready and Organized. Classroom newsletters and other important school information are filed in this notebook. Please check the HERO Notebook each night and clean out papers that need to stay home.
Teach your child how to pack the HERO Notebook each night so it’s ready to return to school each morning.

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