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Teacher Feature September 2018

What is your educational background? Jones Elementary, Mount Airy Junior High, Mount Airy High School, University of North Carolina at Charlotte- BS Sociology and Psychology, Lees-McRae College- K-6 Elementary Education

Where do you teach? What grade level(s) and subject area(s)? 3rd grade at Jones Intermediate School

How many years have you been in education? I have been in education for 13 years.

Tells us about your family. I have been married to Marc Key for 11 years. We have two children. Addison is a 5th grader at Jones Intermediate and Griffin is a Kindergartener at BHT. We are so proud of both of them and thrilled that they get to grow up as Mount Airy Granite Bears just as I did. We have two dogs named Knox and Callie.

What is your favorite part of the year and why? Although I am a warm weather girl, I would have to say that my favorite time of year is during the winter when we get snow. I have never been much of a snow lover, but the older I get the more I love the way snow seems to slow us down and help us focus on and enjoy the important things in life. We spend time together as a family just relaxing at home and that is what life is all about. I love those simple moments in life.

Finish this statement: I teach because I want to be a positive role model for kids. I want to teach kids that life is all about the relationships that you have with people. It's about how you treat others. It's not about being rich or popular. It's all about being real, being humble, and being kind. I teach because I want to show ALL kids that they have strengths and they can be successful and feel good about themselves. I feel so lucky to be able to come to Jones Intermediate every day and get hugs from these amazing kids. They will never know how much they have changed my life! THEY are my why!

Ask your class or group of students to describe you using 3 adjectives. Nice, funny, sweet