Lara Parent 4th/5th (Looping Cycle) Grade Teacher
Welcome! I'm glad you're here.
As a 4th/5th grade teacher I have one of the best jobs in the world! Each day, I get to work with incredibly bright and dynamic kids as they become better learners, readers, writers and thinkers. Kids falling in love with books, having the light bulb go off when they figure out a math concept, their excitement in social studies or science as they make new discoveries are all exciting moments. It is especially wonderful to sit beside a child and listen to the excitement in their voice as they predict, wonder, ask questions, and connect to the books they are reading or the lessons they are learning.
We have a classroom site: *Please also visit our classroom page to get daily classroom updates and take a peek into what your child is doing in 4th grade and to learn about the great resources on the web. I Heart Learning is our classroom site: www.iheartlearning.org . Note that it takes you away from our HPS website. I think you'll find this interesting and useful. If you have difficulty viewing or accessing the information as it's posted here, please let me know right away.
For book recommendations from our own East K-7 students, please check out: http://bookreporters.blogspot.com/ (an archived site.)
Books can be wonderfully dangerous. When I get a great one in my hands, it's hard to tear myself away from it. When I'm not on some adventure inside of a book, I am usually hanging out with my husband and dog (both below)––typically with a camera in my hands.
(this is Willie, our old dog....I can't bear to take him off of this page. He went to "dog heaven" 3 years ago.)
Below is Lucy, our current pooch. She is another rescue dog who was found living in the woods of Tennessee.
I have always loved looking at the world around me and capturing ideas, moments, and beauty with a camera. When I was 9, I took my first portraits (of classmates) in a photography class that was offered at my elementary school. That original spark for photographing people and life's moments has stayed with me all of these years. Over the years, I have been fortunate to photograph kids, friends and families, weddings and to show my work in galleries and museums (below) locally and nationally. www.laraparentphotojournal.com and www.finelittledays.com are two of my sites.
And...if I can't sleep and am up really, really late, sometimes I make movies or write or create art.