Kopf, Denice (1st Grade)

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Welcome to first grade!  This is an exciting year of great growth and development and I love working with this age group.  The joy and excitement they bring to learning is constantly inspiring!
I have been teaching first grade at Haw
Creek since 2002. 
I received my teaching licensure for K- 6th grade from UNC of Asheville. In December 2010, I earned National Board for Professional Teachers Certification. My first degree was a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Mississippi State University. I also have an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Jewelry Production Crafts from Haywood Community College.
One of my most important life experiences as a young woman was serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Ecuador, South America.  I learned to appreciate and value diversity as well as being enriched by the people and cultures that I interacted with.  Living in a foreign culture also taught me to appreciate my own culture in new ways and I gained a greater understanding of what it means to have the liberties and privileges I enjoy as a citizen of the USA.
As a young adult, being a mother was the most important role of my life.  As my son has grown and become independent, I have enjoyed taking on the roles of teacher and mentor.  I love being a teacher because it is such significant work.  I can't think of any task more important than helping young people succeed in school.  I believe that a successful school experience positively affects a child's sense of worth and provides an important foundation for future endeavors.  As a teacher I strive to provide meaningful learning opportunities, encouragement, and positive experiences.  I love being a lifelong learner and hope to pass on some of that joy to my students.