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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Establishing Communication With Your Child's Teacher

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A teacherWill my daughter know how to buy her lunch? What if my son’s not reading yet? Will my shy child develop friends in the class?

Understandably, parents have questions and concerns when their young child starts school. Teachers are well aware of this, because often we are parents too.

The most important thing for parents to remember is that your child’s teacher is your biggest ally! Teachers want what you want for your child...to learn, grow, and be successful in school.

Parents ask, "What is the best way to communicate with my child’s teacher?"

Usually, the teacher will offer information about communication at a school open house. These meetings often occur early in the school year. Ask, if you don’t get a specific directive.

The teacher might prefer:

  • Email
  • Telephone conversations
  • Quick face-to-face meetings at school drop-off or pick-ups
  • Written notes
  • Scheduled conferences

Get involved:

  • Join the PTO
  • Volunteer to help in the class , if possible
  • Volunteer to help with projects you can do from home
  • Support all school rules

The start of a new school year is an exciting adventure for both students and parents. Think of the teacher as your professional guide on this wonderful adventure!

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