• Welcome to Mrs. Finan's Class!

    First Grade is Fantastic!!

    Marjorie Finan

    Welcome to the 2018/2019 school year and to Mrs. Finan's Class at Woodland Heights Elementary!  This is such an exciting and important time in your child's life.  I look forward to providing the opportunity for your child to develop a positive self-concept and a strong sense of belonging as well as celebrating each child's development as a lifelong  learner.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    "There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million."  --Walt Steightiff
    Our Classroom Mission Statement

    We pledge to do our best in reading, math, and all the rest.  We promise to obey the rules in our class and in the school.  We'll expect the best in all we do.  We are here to learn all we can, to try our best, and  be all we can be!
    About Me
    This is my second year teaching first grade, and I have nine years of experience teaching kindergarten at Woodland Heights Elementary School.  I received my Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University in 2008 and my Master's in Education Theory and Practice from Arkansas State University in 2012.  In 2015, I became a National Board Certified Teacher in Reading-Language Arts:  Early and Middle Childhood.
    My family moved here from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in 2003.  We love North Carolina!  My husband, John, and I have three wonderful daughters.  Jennifer is married and is the speech pathologist at WHE, Kaitlin received her master's in geography at ASU and is working for the Department of Forestry in California, and Laura graduated from UNC-Charlotte and works in the health insurance industry.  In my spare time, I enjoy working in the yard, reading, shopping, and spending time with my family.  I love kids and sincerely enjoy encouraging them to succeed in both school and life!
    Our classroom pet is a six-year old, red-eared slider turtle named Franklin.  Franklin loves to sunbathe, swim, and become friends with anyone he meets.  We also have an adopted loggerhead turtle named Gilda who was injured and released back into the Atlantic Ocean.      
    Franklin on Summer Vacation
    Franklin on Summer Vacation