Degrees and Certifications:
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
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.
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.