Teacher Bio for 2017-2018 Web Page Phyllis Dickerson
Woodland has been my school home since 2005. Before teaching here, I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in wonderful schools in several states, but Woodland is my favorite.
I have lived in quite a few places so I enjoy hearing about where my students have lived or traveled to. I lived in New Jersey from birth through high school graduation. (Living just 20 minutes from the beach instilled in me a love for the Ocean.) During high school, I was an exchange student to Bogota Columbia. (My Spanish is rusty but I can still understand and will try to communicate with you in Spanish if you would like.) My college degrees and coursework are from Rollins College, Florida International University, and the University of the Cumberlands.
My husband, two daughters and I have lived in Florida, Alabama, Illinois, Virginia and Kentucky), but Kentucky has been home for the past 14 years. Outside of school, I like to read, garden, participate in activities with my church, serve on the board of the Hardin County History Museum, and travel – especially to visit my daughters and other family and friends who now live out of town or out of state.
This promises to be a wonderful school year. I look forward to working together with this year's students and their supportive families. I'm sure we will be a great team.
Personal Mission Statement
My mission is to create a learning community where students feel safe, secure, valued, challenged, engaged, and free to take risks - socially, personally, and academically. In such a learning community, it is my hope that every student strives to go beyond what they originally thought they could be or do. I want for all of us in this class to feel brave and, at the same time, safe enough to “spread our wings” and soar to success.