Mrs. Sharon Rice
, M. Ed. from TCU is the Associate Head of School for Programs and has been teachings at FWA since 1992. In addition to teaching fifth-grade math, Mrs. Rice schedules class trips, calendar events, student schedules and is a go-to for students who have questions or problems.
Mrs. Rice is quick to point out that math is about so much “more than computations.” She believes that the best part of her job is spending time with her students, “watching the young fifth graders evolve into independent thinkers and learners,” and showing them that “math is about new ways of thinking.”
The integration of technology into the math curriculum at the Academy has been seamless as it should be! Our math classrooms are 90% paper free as students utilize Microsoft OneNote primarily for assignments. Having a laptop in the hands of each student makes "flipping the classroom" a common occurrence. Graphing with Excel; creating screencast, collaborative group activities using Google Docs, etc. are just a few of the ways technology has created invaluable enhancements and incredible possibilities in the math classroom.
Mrs. Rice’s extracurricular enjoyment of Geocaching, a worldwide “scavenger hunt” where participants use clues and GPS technology to both hide and find containers left by others, is no surprise when you know her motto of a 21st century education. She believes that it’s not simply about memorizing information anymore, or providing information to students…. but “how to learn—how to find what you need.” In that vein, she feels that the Academy is the “ideal place" for teaching and learning.” She loves coming to work each day.