Ms. Stroud's Bright Little Things

Designed by: Stephanie Stroud

       My name is Stephanie Stroud. I am currently a teacher at DeKalb County's Marbut Elementary Theme School located in Lithonia, Georgia. The upcoming 2008-2009 school year will mark my second term at Marbut. Marbut Theme School strives for excellence and greatness. Students that attend Marbut are required to follow a strict uniform code. Parents are required to volunteer a total of sixteen hours each year of the child's enrollment at Marbut. Students are required to memorize poems, read for thirty minutes each night as well as complete a rigorous semester project and participate in a rigorous curriculum. Marbut opened its doors in 1996 as one of DeKalb County's first theme schools. Since its opening, Marbut has made Adequate Yearly Progress each year.

       As a little girl I was back and forth between wanting to become a doctor and wanting to become a teacher. I made the decision t
o become a teacher after taking a teacher cadet my senior in high school. I graduated from Oglethorpe University in 2006. During my four years of college I completed internships and volunteer opportunities at the Boys and Girls Club, Childkind, and the YMCA. During my senior year in college, I completed a year long internship at Narvie J. Harris Elementary School in DeKalb County. After being in the classroom for two years, I have discovered my passion for wanting to teach students with special needs as well as those struggling in one or more academic areas. During my spare time I like to go bowling, pool, cook with family and friends, as well as volunteer at the Rainbow House.

       I am currently a third grade inclusion teacher at Marbut Theme School. I teach regular education and special needs students. I have a paraprofessional come in for a portion of the day to assist me with English Language Arts and Reading. In addition, a co-teacher comes in to assist me with Mathematics. As a teacher, my primary focus is on my students' ability to read. After all, reading is the key to success in all academic areas and in life. For those students who may be struggling or in need of fun enrichment exercises I highly recommend visiting funbrain, scholastic and aaa math on the internet.

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