Hello, my name is Lindsay Todd. I was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming but moved to Simi Valley, California in 2000. I grew up loving to play soccer, enjoying shopping and nail appointments with my mom, and going to the local theme parks. I went to high school not really knowing what I wanted to do, but decided to go to Grand Canyon University in the hot and sunny Phoenix, Arizona. I always knew I was meant to teach, so that is what I majored in. I excelled in college and loved learning more about how to be a teacher. I got to be an RA (resident assistant) on campus during my second and third years at school. This meant that I was able to move the students in and out of my building, organize events, and become a student leader on campus. I student taught in DVUSD at Terramar School, where I fell in love with Deer Valley. I have a lot of classroom observation experience in third grade, and it is my first official year as a teacher. I am so thrilled to apply what I have learned to my very own classroom.
In my senior year of college, instead of graduating early, I participated in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida. I worked in quick service food and beverage at the Port Orleans French Quarter resort. I was able to spend a semester taking Disney classes, learning how to serve the thousands that attend Walt Disney World, and going to the parks for free whenever I wanted. It was an incredible experience for a Disney lover like myself.
As a teacher, I believe that every child has the right to learn in a safe and happy classroom environment. I will meet the needs of students to ensure they are thriving in third grade. Our school follows Stephen Covey's 7 Habits: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw. We are also a PBIS school, which stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. We as a school believe that positive behavior should be rewarded, and misbehaviors can be prevented. All of our students are leaders who have responsibilities on campus to be kind to themselves,their classmates, and the school. They stand up for their peers, are accountable for their learning, and are all our future in Arizona. I will do everything in my power to be there for the students and help them succeed in their third grade year.
I believe our classroom should be a cohesive, strong unit. Every student learns differently, and that is what makes our classroom special. A crayon box has a multitude of colors that have strengths in certain areas. No one crayon is better than the other, but they all come together to create a masterpiece. I will not tolerate bullying or being unkind in the class, as that goes against who these students are. Please be inclusive to the rest of our class, as all our students are special. I am also here for you. If you need to contact me, I will find time that works for you.
If you have any questions, please contact me on ClassDojo. I cannot wait for this year, and I look forward to meeting you all.