NAME: Mrs. Donna Hayes
CLASS: 4th Grade
SCHOOL PHONE: (630) 834-6261
About The Teacher
As always I am very excited about teaching fourth grade at Jefferson School this year! I am looking forward to meeting you and your family. I would like to tell you a little about myself.
*I was born in 1965 to Gloria and Richard Nelson. My family (parents, two brothers and 1 sister) lived in Elmhurst. I went to Jackson Elementary, Bryan Junior High and York High School. As a young girl I used to play "school" in my basement for hours. I knew back then I wanted to become a teacher. I would invite the neighbor kids over and teach them math or grammar. Now, I really enjoy teaching Social Studies.
*I am married to Jeff Hayes (Fireman Jeff). You will meet him this year when we have our "Learn Not To Burn" class.
*We have three children, Melissa (a massage therapist), Sara (works for an online clothing company) and Joey (works for FedEx)
*Eight summers ago, we adopted a maltese yorkie (morkie) puppy. We named him Stanley Cup, after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010. (We are big hockey fans!) Since then the Blackhawks have won two more Stanley Cups!!!
*I received my teaching degree at Western Illinois University. I received my Master's degree as a Reading Specialist through Concordia University in June, 2011.
*I taught fourth grade for five years at Visitation School, preschool for ten years and kindergarten at Jefferson for two years. This is my 12th year teaching fourth grade at Jefferson.
*My hobbies are decorating my house, bike riding, going to the beach and traveling with my family. I love to shop, but I don't like to shop for groceries. Luckily, Mr. Hayes doesn't mind it.
*I like to read all sorts of books, but my favorites are biographies, because I love to read about people's lives.
*I can't imagine not being a teacher, but someday when I retire I would love to live on a lake and just enjoy nature.
Mission For The Class
My goal for my classroom is to have an comfortable, safe environment where we can learn, interact, share, explore and have fun. I want my students to see that they are capable of doing anything they put their minds to and I want each student to reach his/her full potential.