My Classroom Mission
"All of our children are stars. My mission: Help each one shine!"
Bonjour, Hola, Guten Tag, Kon'nichi Wa ~
My name is Isabelle Madeleine Plyler. I was named after my French maternal grandmere not Madeline the book character from the author Ludwig Bemelmans. I do live in an old house in Statesville that is covered in vines with my husband James, my son Emile, and my pets (deux oiseaux et un chien).
I became a teacher by accident when I was given the opportunity to teach French in a private school. I have never regretted it. I discovered that teaching is a rewarding profession in which you can make a difference in a child's life. In 1998, I shifted my teaching from French to English as a Second Language, because Iredell-Statesville Schools were responding to the rapid cultural and demographic changes in the classroom and the community. Having been a language learner myself as a child, enables me to better understand what it feels like to be a limited English proficient student. Indeed, I attended schools in four different countries (Spain, USA, Germany, and France) and was exposed to four different languages. LEP students feel uprooted and experience educational, social, political, and cultural struggles. My passion for teaching was more pronounced once I was responsible for teaching English language learners.
"The Key is Me"
| Classroom Mission|
We will improve our listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English, our second language (Begin with the End in Mind.) We will meet new friends and old friends (Sharpen the Saw.) We want to learn from different cultures (Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.) We must listen to learn (Be proactive.) We can learn anything we set our mind to (Think Win-Win.) We will ask questions when we need help (Put First Things First.) Our teachers, classmates, and family will support us (Synergize.) If we do our very best, we will succeed in school (Think Win-Win.) We must try at all times to do those things that will make us proud of ourselves.
"The highest result of education is tolerance." - Helen Keller