My name is Tameka L. Rodney and I would like to welcome your child to 5th Grade. This is my 2nd year of teaching at Sandy Lane Elementary, and my 2nd year of teaching 5th grade. I am originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, and have lived in Pinellas County my entire life, until I began college. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Florida State University, and I’m currently working on my Master’s degree in Education at the University of South Florida. Prior to teaching at Sandy Lane Elementary, I was a substitute teacher at many elementary schools in Pinellas County. I also worked as a Pre-School teacher after graduating with my Bachelor’s degree. I am looking forward to getting to know your family, and your children, this year. Fifth grade students will achieve much this year in terms of academic growth, greater self-confidence, and improved social skills. Good communication between parent, teacher, and student is very important for your child’s academic growth. You are invited to call me, email me, or visit the school any time that you have a question concerning your child's progress. I normally check my e-mail daily, and this is often the quickest and most efficient way to get in touch with me, or to discuss any of your concerns. I will respond promptly. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.