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I am a 35 year old adventurer that loves the world and loves to educate people about it.  I am a wife and a mother of two awesome kids.  My husband and I love spending time outside.  We are avid hikers and campers.  I love to sail, paddle board, and snorkel.  I am a 5th grade READ 180 teacher in a title one school. My mission is:

“We Must First Educate Our Hearts”



I believe that every child has the right to learn in an environment that is safe, nurturing, and challenging.  My goal is to provide an atmosphere where children can FLOURISH.  I promise to create a classroom that is a family; where everyone respects each other and can grow to his or her full potential. 

My mission is to educate all students with compassion, faith, and excellence.


Persis Buffum and Natalie Wheeler are partner teachers at the Joseph R. Pye Elementary School--a Title 1 School (i.e. a school with "high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families" via in Ladson, SC.  "Joe Pye" is a STEAM school that works to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math into its curriculum. Their mascot, Trotter the Explorer, encourages students to "Explore... Discover... Learn... and Lead!"

The two veteran teachers have been teaching together for five years. Together, they are responsible for teaching 5th grade "at-risk students," the majority being minority or ESOL ( Natalie teaches Read180, and Persis teaches Do the Math Now. (Both programs aim to reach students who are more than a year behind grade level.)

A note from Persis and Natalie: "We strive to build strong relationships with our students, creating a safe and nurturing environment that instills in them a love of learning. Many of our students have never been outside of their town, let alone their neighborhood. They lack the life experiences that many of us take for granted. We feel that being able to share this experience with them will be life changing for all involved."