Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor in Science, Marketing, Northern Illinois University Masters in Teaching, Olivet Nazarene University
Welcome to Ms. Sproat's Sixth Grade Gifted Class!
I have the belief that by working together we will make this a very successful school year. I believe in maintaining an open communication between all those involved in the success of student learning. Please know that I am always available to discuss any questions, concerns, or opportunities that may arise throughout the year. I look forward to working with my class and their families to achieve (and surpass) Sauk Elementary's goal of excellence!
I graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing. In addition, I earned a Masters in Teaching from Olivet Nazarene University in 2012. This is my fourth year teaching 6th grade, and my first year in the Gifted position.
I am fortunate to come from a family of teachers. My father is a retired middle school Social Studies teacher, my mother is a retired teacher's assistant, and my sister is currently a 6th grade Social Studies teacher. I currently have a bulldog/pug mix named Payton and a a Siamese cat named Nermal. I enjoy staying active and filling my life with new experiences and adventures. This past summer I traveled to Bermuda, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, and it was amazing! I also looking forward to running the Chicago Marathon in October.
Please be aware that per the district handbook, only school uniform approved sweaters may be worn in the classroom. All other sweaters, hoodies, etc. will need to be hung on the rack. In addition, all cell phones must be OFF and placed in the student’s bookbag. Ladies’ purses must also be kept on the classroom rack during the school day.
I invite you to call or email me anytime that you have a question regarding your student’s progress in class. I will be communicating with families daily using Class Dojo. I encourage all families to get connected on Dojo. I post daily classroom and homework assignment as well as updates on classroom behavior. In addition to the daily updates, a weekly report will be sent home each Monday.
Below is a wonderful poem regarding struggle. The butterfly is a great metaphor for the productive struggle that will occur during some lessons this school year. Productive struggle is not a negative, rather it is a way for each student to challenge themselves to grow and learn. Students benefit from productive struggle, so when a student is struggling I will always ask them to remember the butterfly.
Struggle is Good! I Want to Fly!
Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.
The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.
One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.
The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.
At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!
The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors, and then walked back (because he had learned not to run with scissors…). He snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!
As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.
But neither happened!
The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.
It never was able to fly…
As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.
As you go through school, and life, keep in mind that struggling is an important part of any growth experience. In fact, it is the struggle that causes you to develop your ability to fly.
As instructors our gift to you is stronger wings…
Once again, welcome to 6th grade! I look forward to the opportunity to get to know all of you, and I am excited to start this new chapter in my teaching career at Sauk Elementary. Let’s work together towards another safe, happy, and productive school year!