My name is Adam Chisholm*, and I am a third grade teacher at Hattie C. Warner Elementary School in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Warner Elementary has been my home for the past 10 years since I graduated from Asbury College (now Asbury University) and started teaching. I was born in Kentucky, but my family moved to Michigan shortly after my birth. That is where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I came "home" to Kentucky to go to college in Wilmore, and it was there that I met my wife, Diane, and we settled down here; Kentucky really is home now for Diane, our three kids, and me!
I love teaching. Over the past ten years I have had tremendous opportunities to partner with students and families in the pursuit of success for my students. I have obtained a master's degree in teaching English as a second language, and I am a National Board Certified Teacher. My philosophy of teaching is based on the idea that every student is capable of learning, and it is my job to provide the guidence and support to see that learning achieved. I believe in a rigorous learning experience that has high expectations both for academic accomplishment and for student behavior.
I cannot promise that this will be an "easy" year for your child. In fact I can guarantee that there will be times when your son or daughter is stretched and challenged to achieve his/her full potential. I can also guarantee that this will be a year of student-focused rather than teacher-focused education for your student. I promise to have his/her best interest in mind with all of the instructional decisions I make this year. Moreover, I commit to making this a fun and meaningful year for your child in which s(he) knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that s(he) is loved, valued, and supported unconditionally, that every day is a fresh start, and that there will never come a point at which I will give up on him/her as we work together to achieve great things.
*If you aren't sure how to pronounce my name, don't feel bad; it's a bit tricky if you try to sound it out. The name is pronounced Chiz-um, but I hope that while your kids will address me as Mr. Chisholm, you will feel comfortable by the end of the year simply calling me Adam.