Welcome! My name is Rachel Riley and I am super excited to be teaching the best grade ever! I have taught several different areas and different grade level, but I must say first grade is the best! I am from the Birmingham area and graduated from Samford University with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, Collaborative and Special Education for kiddos from birth to 6th grade. All that really means is I am certified to teach all kids in the general education and special education setting which is a whole range of students - but first grade is by FAR my favorite!
Meet my babies:
Your child will likely tell you stories of Mrs. Riley's furrbabies so I figured you'd like to meet them yourselves to put a face with a name.
I am super passionate about helping stray animals find homes, unfortunately they usually wind up in MY home... which is a problem. Now, I have a zoo and a tiny tornado toddler thrown in the mix too.
The pups: First of all we have Nibbler who was named after a character on a cartoon show because he resembled the character. Little did I know in his old age he would grow into that name (insert eye rolls).
When I'm not at school, I come home to my own personal zoo. I love animals and have a strong passion for saving strays and finding homes for pets who need a loving home. I have three dogs, Nibbler, Carly, and Mr. Bandit as well as two cats, Tippy and Pickles. I consider them my furry kids.
I also have a human baby that entered the world in 2018! Ryan Riley is the best addition to our family! He is quite the character and loves to play "rough" with everyone - including the pups - maybe the pups have taught him this? Eeek.... Ha! I talk about our furry family and my son often so don't be surprised if you hear a lot about the babes in my fam! I consider all of us one big happy family - your child and your family included!