Grade 5 - Mrs. Doster
Welcome to Fifth Grade
Dear Mrs. Doster’s newest family members,
At the beginning of the school year, teachers were assigned to tell our story, how did we get to where we are today. Here is mine...
When I was younger and growing up in the 80s and 90s, I felt as though school was that one special place where I could count on normalcy, routines, and expanding my ability to learn as much as possible. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a teacher. My family would say it is in my blood. It is definitely not a job or a career for me, but it is a way of life.
I grew up in a single parent household moving quite a bit until my grandparents took my mom and I in, to live in the country, in South Carolina. After being brought up to appreciate hard work inside and outside of the classroom, I got a full ride to college. I was determined to go to college, and I knew I had to work hard to get there.
After teaching for several years in South Carolina, my husband joined the Army after our second son was born. We made our first PCS move to New York shortly after his first deployment. In New York, I did not teach. We had several littles ones at home, so I stayed at home for a couple of years. Once we moved back down south to Georgia, I returned to teaching, and my husband was deployed again. On the first day of school, it felt like I was finding “my place” in the world again. I had really missed the teaching world more than I had realized. While teaching and living in Georgia for a couple of years, my husband and I welcomed another baby boy.
In 2018, we received orders for Hawaii. For a couple of years now, my family and I have enjoyed living in Hawaii and being part of the DKIES family. When it comes time for our next military move, I will shed a lot of tears.
In regards to my “teaching world,” I got into teaching after growing up playing “teacher” with friends and gratefully appreciating the stability that school brought me at a young age. However, as this year embarks on my thirteenth school year, my outlook on teaching has greatly changed. While I would like to say that I stay in the career for the children, that would not be the entire truth. I remain a teacher, because I want to inspire others to achieve greatness, persevere through hardship, and working hard really pays off. When your child is part of my class, they are not just my student. They become my children. They become family. Throughout my teaching career, I have been blessed to have met some amazing people young and old. I am truly grateful for those experiences.
Please note, I want to embark on a learning journey with your child. If you or your child have any questions or concerns you can reach out to me via email, phone, or Dojo.
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