“*Dr. Kenneth Zike has said that at least 50% of the children with learning problems referred to the neurological clinic at his hospital had had no traumas, no birth injuries, and no other physical deviations. Their trouble seemed to come from pressure - pressure to do a task that they did not have the maturity to do.”

~Borrowed from Robert Jackson on the world wide web.

Friday, June 19, 2009


Welcome to our 1st Grade blog, "Mrs. Carter's Calling"!
This has a two fold meaning. You can interpret the title as if I was calling to fill you in on all the new details or as teaching being my calling in life. Both are very true!

My name is Mrs. Jessica Carter.

I am married to Michael and have three children Jacob(12), Jayda(11), and Jay(22 months).
Would you like to see them?

And myself and Mr. Carter?

I enjoy many activities that include boating, fishing, reading, paper and digital scrapbooking, jewelery making, photography, blogging, bike riding, exploring the local area, my children's sports, and volunteering with girl scouts. I am looking forward to getting to know you better in the next couple of months.

I was born in Orange County, California and raised in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania. (About 15 minutes from where Punxsutawney Phil makes his appearance every February 2nd!) I attended Gannon University in Erie, PA where I received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I attended Gannon on a Volleyball scholarship. We were ranked 5th in the nation for Division 2 and this had me traveling all over the USA. It is actually how I came to love Florida!

I arrived in Seminole County, Florida in 1993. I received my Early Childhood degree through Rollins College. I began my teaching career at Winter Springs Elementary where I taught Kindergarten for 5 years. I took a couple of years off to be home with my two older children before returning to the classroom in 2001. At that time, I was placed in 2nd grade where I taught for 2 years. I then was placed in Kindergarten, where I taught for almost 4 years before another blessing put me on maternity leave. After almost two years of maternity leave, I am returning to continue doing what I love. I will be teaching 1st grade this year for the first time. I am looking forward to this so much!
Here was what I looked like in 1st grade!

Teaching is my gift. I knew when I was in 2nd grade I would be a teacher. There was never a question about what I wanted to do "when I grow up"!

Just a note on blog pictures: to make the picture larger click on the picture.

I love every day as a teacher, each day is different and full of it's own rewards! It is my goal to create a well rounded student/child who gains a love for learning! I believe every child can be successful and easily adapt my curriculum to meet the needs of all students.
I look forward to a wonderful school year together!
You can contact me by e-mail by clicking on the link that says "EMAIL ME" at the top. I look forward to a great year!

I am going to be using this website as a means of bringing you into our classroom through words, pictures, and videos! I will go over safety features and permission forms during open house (as well as many other topics) Tuesday, September 1 from 6 PM to 6:30 PM. Please be prompt as we only have the half hour and a lot of information to cover.

Check back often as I will be updating frequently! Also, make sure and keep an eye on the side bars. I will be adding more important information as it arises!