Knight Spotlight: 4th Grade

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Emily Pasquarella, the fourth grade language arts and social studies teacher, began her teaching career in 2017, teaching kindergarten at a charter school in Charlotte and later taught 2nd and 4th grade at Virginia Cross Elementary. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing at East Carolina University and then a master’s degree in education from UNC Charlotte. Ms. Pasquarella is new to the Chatham Charter family and appreciates the warm welcome she has received. She is currently serving on the school improvement team (SIT) and the culture committee. 

“One of my favorite areas to teach is ELA/reading. I really enjoy teaching character traits and using novels to target that objective. It is exciting to see students make real life connections with their characters, while examining their motives and personalities. I love this because it is a skill students can continue to apply, both in reading and real life. Additionally, students get a chance to get out of their “comfort zone” and try a novel they might not choose on their own, which sparks an interest in another genre. Most of all, I love seeing students become lifelong readers!”

Jessica Wilkie, the fourth grade math and science teacher, spent 17 years in the restaurant industry before graduating from East Carolina with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pedagogy of Math and Science. She then began her encore career in 2016 by becoming a long term sub with Chatham County Schools. In 2018, she was hired to work at Pittsboro Elementary, where she taught both fourth and second grades until she came to Chatham Charter this school year.

“One of my favorite things is teaching science and giving as many experiences of hands-on learning as possible, but if I had to pick one it would be incubating chicken eggs.  Watching the students care for the eggs, candling them and watching them grow within their shell, students love the experience.”