Honor Our Teachers would like to recognize and honor Mrs. Watland-Wright from Ojo Amarillo Elementary!
After almost 32 years of teaching, Mrs. Wright will be retiring at the end of the school year. Thank you for all that you have done for students at CCSD! Mrs. Wright has taught multiple grade levels, and is currently the Interventionist. Ms. Wright is the SAT Chair, and the primary substitute for the principal. Mrs. Wright will be remembered fondly and missed by the school community.
Below are sentiments expressed by her colleagues:
Q & A with Mrs. Wright
What do you love most about Teaching?
In 1980, as a junior in High School, we were given an assignment where we needed to write about what we wanted to do in the future, yes 1980 was so futuristic. I wrote that I wanted to work with families of students with disabilities and help make the future of their child exciting and a part of our society. In college, as I became interested in Psychology, Political Science, Indian Studies and Interdependent studies, I realized Education, specifically teaching Native American students in the southwest was what I wanted to do. I came to work for CCSD at Naschitti Elem,, then at Newcomb Elementary, Nataani Nez and finally at Ojo Amarillo. I have worked with students of all abilities from preschool through sixth grade. The experiences that I gained really prepped me to work as an Interventionist at Ojo Amarillo. Helping students and families realize that many obstacles to performing proficiently can be overcome with focus and systemic, intense work is the greatest reward in teaching. I have used Accelerated Reading through Renaissance to help students figure out the Lexile levels that they can read with strong comprehension, and then gradually increase to grade level. To help develop fluency, I've guided students to pay attention to all syllables and not play "Wheel of Fortune" as they approach the fourth and and fifth syllables. For younger students, we have worked on developing phonemic awareness, letter sound association and decoding cvc words, both real and nonsense. On the best days, I can't imagine doing anything else. On the challenging days, colleagues, a principal and family to sort out strategies, priorities and rationale for moving to the next days and designing new opportunities for growth and learning have been essential. Knowing the height of the peaks and and the depths of the valleys that life has to offer our children, being able to celebrate with them, struggle with them and support them has been what I love about teaching.
Is there a group of students or a class period that you are particularly proud of and would like to Honor?
I would like to honor my intermediate students, in the 4th and 5th grades. These students have worked intently to improve targeted skills and concepts. They have learned to complete more classroom tasks, either by making it a priority or for some, with the use of a rubric chart. Fifth grade students with grade level skills and positive leadership have worked as tutors with Kindergartners and First graders. Initially specific routines and incentives helped these students work to achieve at their best and encourage younger students to work at their best. Gradually many of these intermediate students are growing to realize that improved achievement and supporting younger students are important because it helps them achieve their own goals and well, growth in reading feels good and is incredibly fun.
Thank you Mrs. Wright for doing so much for our students!