Welcome to Third Grade! I'm Amanda McEntire Spivey. I teach English Language Arts (ELA) to all third grade students. I am certified K-6, with a BA degree in Psychology, both from UNC-Asheville. I also have National Board Certification in Early Childhood Generalist. I am married to Edwin Spivey and we have two children. Katelyn is in 10th grade at MHS and Matthew is in 7th grade at the Foothills Community School. I have taught for 23 years primarily in second and third grade. I enjoy time with my family, my church, and friends. I love the outdoors and settling in with a good book or movie. My kiddos keep us hopping, as they are very involved in church and sports. In my ELA classroom, I teach Common Core Standards through whole group read aloud and all levels through Guided Reading and a structure known as Daily 5. Students read to self and someone, listen to reading, write, and do word work activities. I believe that students need direct instruction a set amount of time each day, provided through whole group lessons, but also need time through rotations to have choice and take responsibility for their own learning. This structure allows me to meet and work with students at each one's appropriate level. Jennifer Slone is teaching Social Studies and Science, with emphasis on reading Informational Text, and Niki Poplin is teaching Math. We as a team are here to work with you and your child to help him/her grow both academically and socially. We are here if you need us!