Monica Slack has served as an elementary educator in Atlanta Public Schools since 2005. She began her college career at Oxford College of Emory University where she received an Associate’s Degree. During those first two years, she became enthralled in the idea of teaching children. In her pursuit to find happiness as an educator, Ms. Slack transferred to Georgia State University to enroll in the education program. On May 14, 2005 her dreams of becoming a teacher came to fruition when she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education. Moreover, in 2007, Ms. Slack received her Reading Endorsement from Metro RESA. In 2009, she also received the Gifted and Talented Endorsement.
Throughout the years of 2009-2014, Ms. Slack has participated in numerous professional development activities:
- Teacher Mentor
- Curriculum writing team (Gifted Education)
- Teacher representative for APS at the Common Core Initiative in New York
- Gifted SLO Assessment development and revision team (Grades 3 and 5)
- Social Studies DBQ Training (Summer 2014)
- 30-horur Orton-Gillingham Reading Training (Summer 2014)
- Two –day Writing Institute (Summer 2014)
In 2012, Ms. Slack became a Gifted Education teacher, where she currently serves as the department chair. She was also voted the 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year!
Ms. Slack is a native Georgian. In her free time, she loves reading (Jane Austen, Maeve Binchy, and Agatha Christie are her favorites). She loves to cross stitch, make jewelry and beauty products, and paint, on occasion. She has an eclectic taste in music, and nothing makes her laugh more than watching British comedies (Monty Python/Vicar of Dibley/Are You Being Served), dramas (Mr. Selfridge/Downton Abbey/Here Comes the Midwife), and mysteries (Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot) on PBS.
Ms. Slack is a firm believer in meeting a child’s specific needs on his/her level. It is her purpose and passion as an educator to create a warm, unique, and engaging environment that is conducive to learning and growing socially. She believes that through real world connections in the classroom, students will learn how to think more critically and how to use problem solving strategies in specific situations. As John Dewey said, “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.”
Ms. Slack will again teach 3rd and 5th grade Gifted education at Springdale Park Elementary in 2014-15.