Mrs. Willa Gainer

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Masters in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Social Studies, Grades 5-8

Mrs. Willa Gainer

Some interesting facts about me:  
 
I have been with Berkeley County Schools since 1990. 
 
I was born in Elkins, WV and I have lived in WV most of my life, and I wouldn't live anywhere else! 
 
My family = husband Louie,  Daughters Vickie and Rachel (Rachel is a teacher too!), 4 grandchildren- Ian, Mason, Eli, and AdiLynn
 
Pets = my dog Kissy and two rats- Lovey and Coco
 
My favorites:
 
Color - turquoise 
Hobby - crocheting 
Music - contemporary Christian, country and Christmas songs
Food - anything from Cracker Barrel 
Vacation spot - the mountains with a stream nearby
Movie - Gone with the Wind 
Book Follow the River by James Alexander Thorn
Sport - NASCAR (favorite driver is Kasey Kahne)
Dream vehicles - 1965 Ford Mustang and an old Willys Jeep truck (I really love my 2003 Jeep Liberty.)
Season - Spring
TV show - Project Runway
Nursery Rhyme - Humpty Dumpty
Story - The Velveteen Rabbit -  I love the idea that a loved stuffed animal can become real. 
One of my favorite things in my classroom?
              A Boyd's bear puppet my husband got me when I transferred from teaching second grade to kindergarten.  Going to HES and kindergarten was a great decision.  Of course, it's the children in the classroom that make my day special. 
 
 
What did I want to be when I was little? 
              When I was little I wanted to be either a teacher or a nurse.  Nursing wasn't for me because I tend to pass out when I see blood.  I also thought about being an UPS driver because I loved the idea of delivering presents.  My mother encouraged me to become a teacher. 
 
 
Important lessons: 
              The Golden Rule! And my mother reminded me often that you get more with honey than vinegar. 
 
 
What's the one thing I hope students learn? 
               Learning is a life long adventure.  They need to be willing to explore and learn new things.