"We say yes to education. We say yes to dedication..." This is part of the speech first graders recite everyday in Evageline Farrier's classroom at Washington Elementary. There are also daily news reports and weather forecasts.
"I teach them everything: reading, math, science, social studies, health, art, music and character ed," Farrier says.
Along with multiple subjects there are also multiple creatures. Turtles, rabbits and an iguana! Her class is also loaded with something else. "High expectations, and not only for children, she gets the parents involved. I'm just so impressed with the parental involvement she has," says principal Doris Coleman.
After a recent class play on Harriet Tubman, Farrier treated parents to a meal and a lesson. "The parents were able to eat a real slave meal; and we didn't have a fork; because they didn't have forks in those days. So they had to use the utensils that were readily available," Farrier explains.
This enrichment overload not only helps her students and their parents, but future teachers pick up tips from Farrier as well. Intern Tamara Tucker says, "just doing work out of the books is not going to keep the child's attention. You have to have hands-on activities and other learning games and things for them to have."
Farrier is about to begin serving on the state social studies curriculum committee. Four days out of the week she tutors at the Tuskegee Housing Authority.