Krystal Jordan uses creativity to inspire young learners here at Wesley. Her teaching career began as a long-term substitute for a high school ESOL class. She says she was immediately hooked and decided to look for a permanent position where she could use her art history background. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with students from various backgrounds and learning from several experienced teachers,” she says.
She began teaching at Wesley in 2019 when a friend shared great things with her about public charter schools in Atlanta. “After much research, I was impressed with Wesley’s IB Program, established community, and leadership,“ she says. “I knew then that Wesley would be it for me.”
She loves teaching third grade and says these students “are an exceptional group of risk-takers who have a natural love for reading and writing. They are excited to show off their learned skills and knowledge, which makes teaching fun!” Her favorite thing about teaching at Wesley is “working alongside some of the most exceptional educators.” She continues, saying, “I love collaborating with other teachers and grade levels to provide true transdisciplinary learning opportunities for our students.”
Ms. Jordan looks back fondly on the times in her classroom when students suddenly “get it.” She remembers one time when she was reviewing strategies to solve division problems and a student showed her how he used multiplication and what he knows about fact families to answer the questions. She remembers him being so excited that he asked if he could grab a small whiteboard and dry erase marker to practice more.
Third graders keep Ms. Jordan laughing, too. She recalls one incident in particular: “Our class pet, Hector, escaped his enclosure. Hector was a bearded dragon that brought much excitement to our class! We noticed that he was missing during the morning meeting, and we couldn’t find him until he chose to join us for the afternoon meeting. I still have no idea how he spent most of his day.”
“As my students prepare for Fourth grade,” Ms. Jordan says, “I hope they walk away knowing that I will always be their biggest cheerleader and advocate.”
Thank you for cheering on young learners and inspiring them to creativity and excellence, Ms. Jordan!