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Jennifer Bailey Pierson
4th Grade Teacher
Woodlawn Elementary
jennifer.pierson@boyle.kyschools.us

     I am excited to be a new addition to the fourth grade team at Woodlawn Elementary School this year.  Danville, Kentucky is my hometwon and where I spent my growing up days.  This community has always been a special place to me.  After graduating from high school, I went to Vanderbilt University to pursue my college degree.  From early in my college days, I knew that I felt a desire and a calling to be a teacher.  After graduating from Vanderbilt University, I moved to Norfolk, Virginia on the eastern coast of the state.  In Virginia, I taught 5th grade for five years before starting my own family.  My oldest son Collin was born and I took a "break" from full time teaching to be able to be at home more and to also eventually welcome my daughter Bailey into our family.  During this time as a mom working from home, I was able to invest a lot of time in tutoring and homebounding students from both private and public schools in the area.  This unique experience gave me opportunities to learn how to individualize instruction and to creatively teach all subjects to students from first to sixth grade.  

     I returned to full time classroom teaching as my own children were in elementary school.  I taught both first and second grade in Norfolk Collegiate School for six years.  During this time I also began working on my master's degree from Old Dominion University.  My experiences in Virginia continued to shape and inspire me to grow as a teacher. 

     Three years ago, my family decided to move back to this wonderful community.  My extended family still lives in and around this area.  I worked for two years as a fifth grade teacher in the Danville Indpendent Schools before taking the fourth grade positon at Woodlawn.  I am excited to be part of the Woodlawn family!  

     My son is now in his freshman year at Georgetown College and my daughter is a junior at Boyle County High School. We are excited to be a part of the larger Boyle County School family.  I look forward to continuing to teach and grow..  My next goal is to begin working on my Rank 1 in my professional development.