McGowan, Nancy - 5th ELA

Welcome to 5th Grade

Mrs. Nancy McGowan

Dear Students and Parents,  

5th graders are curious, open to new ideas and eager to take on more responsibility. They are beginning to understand the complexity of the world and they  are so curious and eager to participate. We cannot know exactly what their contribution will be, but we know they will be creating solutions to problems and challenges  to make the world a better place.
My role is to help them develop  the tools to understand understand complex ideas and how to communicate with a purpose through writing, presentations, discussion and collaborative projects.
My hope is that every student understands their potential and that their effort and determination empowers them to continue to grow as learners.

Included on the site, are links for parents and students, so be sure to “dig in” and look around. For students, there are sites that support learning and provides resources to help you with with homework and beyond. I encourage you to email me if you have any questions or concerns. I always appreciate your communication because it  helps me to best support your child.

My Background

In 5th grade, I was in the Future Teacher's Club at P.S 52 in Staten Island, New York. I always wanted to be a teacher! I  graduated from St. John's University in N.Y in 1977  and began teaching  6th, 7th, and 8th grade Language Arts and Social Studies. I also taught reading at Sandy Hook Elementary in CT. Before coming to Koontz, I taught 1st grade and 5th grade at Glen Arden and was honored to be selected as Teacher of the Year. In 2011. I became a student again and received  my Master's Degree at Western Carolina University in 2013.  I completed my National Board Certification in 2003 and completed the ten year renewal process in  2013. 

My husband Ed and I have been married for 37 years and we have 3 wonderful adult children, Seton, Keeley and Gabe. As a child, reading opened the world to me and I hope it will open the world for my students. 
Temple Grandin and me! 
I was so fortunate to attend a conference 
and meet Temple Grandin, accomplished 
inventor and Asperger's spokesperson.
“Leadership is communicating a person’s worth and potential so
clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” - Dr. Stephen R. Covey