Mrs. Plummer

Mrs. Plummer

Hello! My name is Julie Plummer.  I started my career in education as a student teacher at Central Elementary in January 2001.  I absolutely LOVED it… and I am still here!    After graduating From Boise State in December 2002, I accepted a position assisting the reading specialist.  That semester, I learned from teachers and students in every grade level as I worked with them all.  It was a great experience.

My teaching experience as a classroom teacher started the 2002-2003 school year, teaching 4th grade.  I was thrilled because as a child, 4th grade was my favorite year.  I taught 4th grade for five years.  I loved watching my students grow and mature as they learned.  I remember being so impressed with the depth that our discussions would take us… they were teaching me as well!

I moved to a 1st grade classroom in 2007.  Learning how to read is the “BIGGIE” in 1st grade.  Teaching kids to read comes with its  challenges… but it was also very rewarding.  It was amazing to see the growth that these little ones have in just one short year….they become readers!  I taught 1st grade for 10 year. 

This year I made another move.  I moved to kindergarten!  I am teaching part (meaning that I only have one kindergarten class instead of two.  I teach kindergarten on "A" days.  I LOVE watching my students figure out how to become “learners”.  

Central is in Phase 2 of Nampa Personalized Learning.  A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to be one of the Vanguard Teachers, receiving early training with the Doceo Center at NNU.  Last year I was very successful implementing technology into my first grade classroom. This year, I accepted a position to be a (part-time) instructional technology coach for Central.  This is what I am doing with my time when I am not teaching kindergarten.... helping other teachers be more effective in their instruction using technology.  While most of the building is working with 1:1 iPad Devices in the classroom, in kindergarten this year, we have 10 shared devices. Each child in my class will have the opportunity to use the iPads throughout the year as we work on "personalizing learning" for each student.  I am excited for both the challenge and the growth that this year will bring!