Ten Things You May Not Know About Mrs. Starkey :
*Years teaching: Thirteen, eleven of them at McAuliffe. I've taught in Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade (for the last 8 years).
*Degree: University of Northern Colorado, BA Elementary Education as well as Middle School and Secondary Level Social Studies Education; minors in Psychology and Sociology
*Favorite Subjects: Math and Reading
*Greatest Accomplishment: Raising three extraordinary children; Kenzie (Serves her country in the CO. Army National Guard), Jackson (12th grader at Greeley West), and Megan (10th grader at Greeley West)
*Best Friend: My husband, Derek
*Hobbies: See "Greatest Accomplishment" above; Army mom, Soccer mom, Swimming mom, Theater mom, Cross Country mom, etc. I also love to work in my garden, and read any book I can get my hands on.
*Pets: Mr. Doodle (Pekingese security system- cover your ears and watch your ankles)
*Family Business: I am the daughter of two exceptional teachers (now retired), and my sister and I both teach fifth grade!
*Frequently Seen: Laughing, reading, drinking coffee, and/or eating.
*Hates: Brussel sprouts and traffic jams.
Top Book Picks
If you love spending time with a great book, try one of these fantastic reads. These are some titles you might want to scoop up on your next trip to the library.
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable by Dan Gutman - We went to Nebraska and visited the two-headed cow... I have pictures!
The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by James L. Swanson
Gregor the Overlander
The City of Ember (series of 4 books) by Jeanne DuPrau
(series of 5 books) by Suzanne Collins
Dark Life and Rip Tide (sequel) by Kat Falls
The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey
(sequel) by Catherine Fisher
The Maze Runner (series of 4 books) by James Dasher (Have your parent preview these books first, pretty violent stuff.)
Half Upon a Time by James Riley
The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
Chains and Forge(sequel) by Laurie Halse Anderson (Loved her Fever, 1793, as well!)
Riot by Walter Dean Myers
The Storm Before Atlanta by Karen Schwabach
Fire From the Rock by Sharon M. Draper
Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy