• All About Mrs. Hagler

    Hello! I am so excited to begin another year of teaching at the wonderful Crestmont Elementary! I am happy to have your child in my class. With your support, we will have a GREAT year in first grade!

    Background

         I was born and raised in Northport, Alabama. I graduated from Tuscaloosa County High School (Go Wildcats!). I am married to my high school sweetheart, Keaton Hagler.

    I attended the University of Alabama, where I received my Bachelor's Degree in the Multiple Abilities Program, which certifies me to teach birth through 6th grade general education as well as birth through 6th grade special education. I also have training and experience with students identified as gifted and talented.

    I have a Master's Degree in special education from the University of Alabama. ROLL TIDE!

    Philosophy of Education

         In my opinion, an effective educator does more than simply teach academics to his or her students. A great educator strives to instill a love of learning in each of his or her students. Instilling a love of learning requires more than simply teaching academics, though. It requires a teacher who is passionate about learning, who makes learning meaningful, who empowers students, and who embraces diversity and acceptance.

         I believe the love of learning begins by witnessing the value in learning. It is my responsibility to make each lesson meaningful and authentic to my students. I want my students to understand the purpose for their learning in each lesson. In order to make lessons meaningful, I will strive to know each of my student’s individual personalities, learning styles, and interests. It is my responsibility to demonstrate how important learning is and show how learning will benefit them throughout their lives.

       As a teacher, it is my responsibility to teach the whole child. We take all the students’ characteristics, past experiences, interests, and traditions and use them to expand their learning. If we are too busy judging or stereotyping our students, we severely hinder not only their learning, but their confidence levels as well. Moreover, I sincerely hope and pray that my students feel as though being different is celebrated in my classroom. 

         Furthermore, I desire for each of my students to feel empowered in my classroom. I want them to feel empowered to face challenges with positive attitudes, solve problems, and make differences in other peoples’ lives. I will strive to create an uplifting and positive classroom environment in which my students feel as though mistakes are okay and that hard work pays off. The teacher sets the tone of the classroom; therefore, it is my goal to create such an environment in which my students truly enjoy being at school. If you were to step into my classroom, you would see my students actively involved in the lesson, working in groups, and most importantly, HAPPY!

    "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him." Psalm 127:3

    Hobbies

         In my free time, I enjoy reading, visiting the beach, and laughing with my friends and family!