It goes beyond the lessons in a textbook for High Point Academy Spartanburg’s December Elementary Teacher Spotlight. Mrs. Leah Pettit also aims for her students to be successful in any situation they come across. She teaches fifth-grade science and is in her fourth year at HPA.
A peek inside her classroom, and you will see mini-scientists completing lots of hands-on projects. “I teach through projects. I believe that the more hands-on activities that my students participate in, the better they will remember the content in the future,” said Mrs. Pettit. “I also love integrating subjects, so students have an opportunity to use science, math, and ELA together in the same classroom to see the relevance of all of their classes.” Projects include building Knex cars, mixtures and solutions, ecosystem dioramas, force and motion, and Exploravision, a nationwide competition that challenges students to envision new technology 20 years into the future.
Mrs. Pettit also prepares her students for life outside of the classroom. “Not only do I want students to leave my classroom with an overall knowledge of content but how to apply that knowledge into their lives outside of school,” says Pettit. She says it’s also essential for students to learn how to work with others in any situation.
When not at school, Mrs. Pettit enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. Some of their favorite activities include watching Disney movies and playing putt-putt. She also enjoys singing in the Praise Band and leading the children’s choir at her church.
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