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Subjects Taught
Kindergarten

Education

1984   Graduate--Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama

1988   BS in Elementary Education, Concentration Spanish, Auburn University

1998   MS in Elementary Education, Auburn University at Montgomery



Experience

1988-1990         Central Elementary, Lanett, AL   (4th and 2nd grades)

1990-1994         Harrodsburg Middle & Harlow Elementary Schools, Harrodsburg, KY     (5th, 6th, 3rd, 2/3 multi-age)

1994-1996         Fitzpatrick Elementary, Montgomery, AL (3rd grade)

2005-2006         Contract work, Prattville Primary (2nd) and Prattville Intermediate (Gifted 5/6), and substitute teaching at Coosada  Elementary (in between covering maternity leaves in Prattville, I worked in 20 of the-then-32 Coosada K and 1st classes!  I am blessed to enjoy such wonderful fellow educators!)                 

2006-2008      Coosada Elementary, Millbrook, AL  (1st grade)

2008-present  Coosada Elementary, Millbrook, AL  (Kindergarten)



Bio

              "All I ever needed to know, I learned in KINDERGARTEN!"                    

  Welcome to Mrs. Beale's Garden of Learningin the beautiful purple pod!  We are in for a terrific year of Kindergarten growth as we "bloom where we are planted" and watch the seeds of learning sprout in unbelievable ways!  Literally, the term "Kindergarten" is a German original meaning "children's garden"!    I am so excited to welcome your child to the Garden Patch!

I am celebrating my eleventh year of return to "formal teaching" after being blessed to stay at home for several years while our children were young.  With two years of recent first grade experience in my "hat", I'm excited to know where my Kindergarteners are headed!  Prior to the birth of Anna Caroline (senior at Faulkner University) and John Michael (freshman at Auburn University), I hit a huge learning curve by working with both elementary and middle school students in Alabama and Kentucky for eight years!  The Kentucky experience came during state-mandated education reform, which gave me the incredible opportunity to get advance "grounds up" experience with many research-based educational practices we now continue in response to our federally-mandated "No Child Left Behind" legislation.   The way we teach and the way our children learn today is much different from our own educational experience in most cases...but in this case, change is a good thing!

During the "off-years", I tutored children, completed my Masters degree summa cum laude (God's credit) in elementary education at AUM, gardened beyond reason, and "wore many hats" helping my husband, Rev. Dr. Michael Beale, in the churches we've served for the past twenty-seven years. Our present church,   

 WellSpring Community Church (http://www.welcometowellspring.com/,

launched for God's glory on September 17, 2006, with a special heart for families who do not currently have a church home but seek to experience joy as part of an outward-focused, interdenominational contemporary Christian faith community. Birthed and standing by prayer, we continually see God outdo Himself among us! Planting a church is certainly a new adventure--even for gardeners!  Teaching ("kids" of all ages!) and learning are my first loves, but I also enjoy reading, singing, decorating, traveling (most recently to Ireland 2x, Japan, Hawaii, Germany/Austria, Africa (summers 2016 and 2017), and Puerto Rico!), discovering other cultures, hunting for bargains, cooking, working out/walking (esp. with Gospel and 80's music going!), and of course, gardening!  My heart for all growing things is reflected in the Garden Patch.    A product of two Auburn science teachers, I come by it honestly! 

Time began in a garden, and there are many lessons to be learned there!  I believe people of all ages "bloom" in environments with lots of good, rich soil (the basic foundation of facts and learning processes), air (room to move, grow, and explore...the freedom to risk and be creative), water (the refreshing nurture of guiding constructive feedback), and plenty of sunshine (praise, praise, praise...and lots of love).  In my ten wonderful years of teaching, I have watched many reluctant children make incredible strides as they were motivated to their highest potential. 

In the Patch, we learn because we enjoy it. 

It is my goal to make every day so exciting that your children will never want to leave! 

 It is also my goal for you to become so excited by what your children are experiencing that YOU will want to visit and never leave, as well!   Teaching Kindergarten is the rarest of privileges afforded to educators, as we realize that your precious children are entrusted to us for that all-important first impression.  The rest of a child's school experience will build upon the foundation that we lay as Kindergarten teachers.   The experience I have enjoyed with the "older grades" combines well with the wisdom that one can only achieve through parenting her own.  I fully respect and embrace the wisdom and insight parents bring to our classroom as their children's first teachers!  

Together we can make a difference as we seek to discover the unique purpose and gifts possessed by each "Garden Patch Kid".

(Because a picture is worth 1,000 words, please take a moment to view life in the Patch by clicking on our Photo Album above.  Be patient...we stay so busy that it takes a moment to load!  Enjoy!  As well, you can connect with our CLOSED Facebook group page, Garden Patch Families Forever!  Just send a request to join and you will be added if you are connected to a present GP Kid!)