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Wizard of Oz Welcome to fifth Grade Thistle Girl Logo

Dear Families,

I am very excited about another school year helping children to learn and grow. There are many things that need to happen in order for your child’s growth to take place. I thought I would take this opportunity to explain to you a little about my own personal learning philosophy and my educational background.

I am always learning new things and I am always looking for new ways in which to help my students discover new things. Teaching is one of my greatest joys. I truly love every one of my students for the unique individual that they are. They all come to me at different levels of capability and with different learning styles. It is my job to meet them where they are and to raise them up to their highest potential during the school year. My goal is to challenge everyone while still making learning fun and exciting.

I am a Loudoun County native. I grew up on a farm between Middleburg and Philomont.  Upon leaving the farm I went to college in Roanoke, Va at a small liberal arts school for women, Hollins University. There I received my Bachelor’s Degree in interdisciplinary studies, mathematics minor, and my teaching license Pre K-6. In more recent years I have earned my Master’s Degree in reading and my reading specialist license through Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. This will be my eighth year of teaching at Banneker.

For many of you that are familiar with me as a kindergarten teacher it may surprise some of you to know that after completing my student teaching I was most interested in fifth grade teaching positions. However, when an opportunity became available at Banneker, I decided to broaden my search.

I am very excited about this school year and am looking forward to getting reacquainted with many of you and getting to know many of you that have joined the Banneker community in recent years. I am heading into fifth grade full throttle. I have spent my summer preparing for the curriculum and reading as much upper elementary literature as possible. Upon examination of my night stand, my husband Larry has staged a couple of impromptu interventions reminding me that I will only have nine months with the students, and he often asks,  “How many books can you possibly read in one school year?”

I strongly believe that we are partners in your child’s education. I very much look forward to all of us putting our best foot forward on this new pathway of academic and social discovery known as fifth grade!

Very Sincerely,

Mrs. Brissing

“Teaching is the royal road to learning.”

-Jessamyn West