Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. McFarland, Harry McKillop Elementary


May 2016
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The Teacher Spotlight is a weekly piece where we feature our leaders at Melissa Schools. Check back each Monday during the school year to meet a new teacher!

The final Teacher Spotlight for the 2015-16 school year shines on Jennifer McFarland from Harry McKillop Elementary, nominated by Principal Leanne Bush. Mrs. McFarland teaches “a class full of amazing first graders” and this is her first year in Melissa.

Learn more about Mrs. McFarland below!

Fun Facts:

  • My husband and I are both Aggies. Whoop!
  • I have 3 wonderful children who are proud to be Cardinals.
  • I grew up playing soccer and love to watch Cardinal Soccer.

When and why did you decide that you wanted to become a teacher?

I have known that I wanted to be a teacher since Kindergarten. I have always loved school and learning. I can remember playing teacher when I was six with my brothers as the students.

What is your favorite lesson to teach?

It is a special moment to introduce the wonderful world of poetry to young children. Hearing them read poems will put a smile on anyone’s face, especially when they try to master tongue twisters. I love to see their creativity as they are writing poetry.

What is your favorite Core Value and why?

My favorite Core Value is Honesty. I learned at a very young age the importance of being honest. I strive to do my best to instill this in my students. Though it is not always the easiest thing to do, it is the right thing and we become better people for it.

What is the best thing about being a Cardinal?

The best thing about being a Cardinal is the strong community of Melissa, TX. I love seeing the high schoolers, police, firemen, and other members of the community opening car doors for the students at HME. I have seen this community continue to come together in times of need as well as triumphs. I am proud to be a part of the Cardinal Family!

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