Welcome to First Grade at The Academy for Teaching and Learning
Hello and welcome aboard to first grade at The Academy for Teaching and Learning. My name is Nikki Reid-Clowney, and I am excited and privileged to have your child in my class. In May 1998, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in education from the University of South Carolina. In May 1999, I received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in elementary education, also from the University of South Carolina. In the fall of 2004, I successfully completed all of the requirements to obtain a +30 hours advancement above my Master's degree in the area of early childhood education. In 2008, I earned National Board Certification. More recently, in 2018, I renewed my National Board Certification for another ten-year cycle.
For as long as I can remember, I have desired to become a teacher for young children. My personal goal is to establish a child-centered classroom community in which you, your child, and I work together to ensure that this school year will be an enjoyable and successful educational experience for your child. I am very optimistic that this will be an EXTRAORDINARY year for your child, as he or she will have many opportunities to learn new and exciting things. I invite you to browse the photos below to get a glimpse of the FABULOUS first grade experience at The Academy!