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First Grade


I obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Alabama in 1990.


After teaching 2nd grade, for 8 years, I moved to the 5th grade position.  I have taught Science and Social Studies in 5th grade for 6 years. I love it!!!



     If I had to sum up myself in 3 words, they would be: positive, encouraging, and real.  Positive: I strive every day to maintain a positive attitude towards my family, my administrator and staff, my colleagues, my students and their parents, as well as myself.  As have many, I have had a few hurdles in life which have taught me, "It is not what happens to you, but what you do with it, that makes the difference." My attitude is my choice and having a positive one will help make me and those around me happy.  Secondly, I strive to be encouraging to all around me. The world is full of bad news and problems that can steal our joy. We all need encouragement, no matter how old.  But children, while they are still so impressionable, long for encouragement to help build healthy a self esteem and give them hope for the future. I strive to encourage and not discourage, build up and not tear down. I believe that positive encouragement is the key to unlock the door to success. I chose the word "real" to describe me because, I believe we all have strengths and weaknesses. I know what I do well and I know what is challenging for me.  I will continue to strive to improve in the areas I find challenging. I will not deny weaknesses, but I will also not settle for them.  If I make a mistake, I strive to admit it, take responsibility for it and learn from it. I expect no less from the students. Another reason I chose "real" is because I am more than just a teacher. I am a wife and a mother.   I have a wonderful husband, Scott, and in our blended family, we have 5 children: Donavan 21, Ashleigh 21, Micah 19, Hannah 17 and Tyler 16. Our newest edition to the family is Laekyn Alexa Ballard, my sweet, beautiful, granddaughter, born on February 22, 2013!

We also have our wonderful black Lab, Bella, who is like one of the children to us.

So I do understand how busy you parents are, who work.    After my first marriage of 15 years ended, I was a single parent of 3 with a full-time job for 4 years.  I even know how busy and draining it can be for those of you who are able to be full-time homemakers.  I stayed home with my children for 9 years while they were small.  THAT is the hardest job I ever had! Anyone who says that is not a JOB has never done it!  

     There are a couple of things I enjoy when not teaching or taking care of my family.  I love to exercise and need to carve out more time for that. I also love to read and write. 

     I do plan to work on obtaining my master's degree, soon.  The kids have kept us so busy, but are finally at ages where they are much more independent, and don't require so much of our time. So, I feel the time is near for me to get busy on that goal.   

      I like Abraham Lincoln's quote, "I do the best I know how, the very best I can: and I mean to keep on doing so until the end."

     I hope to give my students a life-long love of learning as well as encourage them to see their potential for success if they make the right choices in life.

I look forward to many more years teaching at Nan Gray Davis.

Beth Cowling

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