Academics

Nurturing and Guiding Our Students

At West Hardin, we believe that the nurturing of each student is more than academic achievement and that there are many components that encompass the results of academic achievement. Our school counselor at West Hardin Elementary makes it her goal to help students adapt, adjust, and enjoy school. Character education, social skills, conduct and conflict resolution are just a few of the subject areas that are necessary within the guidance curriculum for our school. As students grow academically, we believe it is just as important for them to grow socially and emotionally. We strive to see each student succeed not only as a student, but as a future citizen.

Teacher: Kristen Bomar,  Assistant: Naomi Lard,  Assistant: Misty Magee

Pre-Kindergarten

In our pre-K classroom, there is an atmosphere of belonging and ownership that in turn creates children who strive to do their best. The preschool years are some of the most influential years in a child’s life and we try to capitalize on that through the use of hands-on activities and providing a variety of opportunities. The more fun and meaningful experiences a child can have, the more they will grasp, learn, and continue to grow.

Kindergarten

Our West Hardin kindergarten is: Lots of love! Lots of learning! Lots of fun! Lots of laughter! We are passionate about helping each child succeed in class, but we also believe that the student should feel important and loved.

Courtney Austin and Crystal Austin

Sarah Bricker and Kelly Gannon

1st Grade

Our first grade provides an environment where students feel loved and encouraged as we learn and grow together. Our students are inspired and motivated to reach their maximum potential as they learn through inquiry and quality instruction.

2nd Grade

We try to be fair, respectful, and responsible. We are serious about learning, but we also know how to have lots for fun. Every child, every day, giving 100%, the cougar way!

Leigh Ann Jerrolds and Juanita White-Stewart

Courtney Barber and Hannah Johnson

3rd Grade

In third grade we love learning through a quiet, happy environment. We work hard to master skills and try our best every day.

4th Grade

In fourth grade we strive to promote outstanding citizenship, while developing a thirst for knowledge through the use of cooperative learning strategies.

Sarah Carothers and Katleyn Branum

Julie Cossey and Amber Barnhill

5th Grade

In fifth grade we love learning through a quiet, happy environment. We work hard to master skills and try our best every day.

Special Education

We strive to build a relationship of trust, respect and love with our students in Special Education. When the students know what is expected of them and that we care, they are willing to work together and fulfill their potential one day at a time.

Curriculum and Instruction Facilitator

Our In-School Curriculum and Instructional Facilitator fulfills a great task of keeping teachers informed and empowered through collaboration, creating a positive school atmosphere here at West Hardin. We collect data and analytics on both teacher and student performance to identify areas where we can maximize student achievement.

Marcus Wilbanks and Rebekah Baker

Jennifer Mahler, Tammy Chrestman, George Ann Barker, Kim Hosea and Juna Pettit

Caitlin Williams, Jane LaDue, Tammy Chrestman, Makay Parris, Lyndsay Smotherman

Creative Dramatics

In Creative Dramatics students are exposed to all the arts including music, art, and drama. Students study famous artists and recreate their artwork. They work hard to present programs for Veterans Day and Christmas. Under the direction of Mrs. Tammy Chrestman, fifth graders create ornaments for the West Hardin Christmas tree for Christmas on Main and make personalized ceiling tiles as they complete their last year of elementary school.

Computer Lab

When students visit the computer lab, they improve reading and math skills by working on Starfall, Lexia, iXL, Prodigy, and more! They earn certificates for their hard work and are so excited when they level up!

Experience

* We have 41 years of combined experience

* We have taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, Physical Education, Library, ELA, computer, counseling, and intervention

* We have been in 8 different school settings

* We have the following degrees: Bachelor of Physical Education, Minor in History, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor in Science in Secondary Education/English Language Arts, Master of Science in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Bachelor of Science, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Master of Social Work, Licensed Social Worker

Physical Education

Physical Education is a little bit of everything:

  • Responsibility
  • Fitness
  • Skills
  • Wellness
  • Movements

Students not only play a variety of games in P.E., but they also participate in the 5 Star Fitness Challenge. This is a county-wide program that tests each student in pull-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, sit & reach, and a mile run.

Teacher: Caitlin Williams

Librarian: Lyndsay Smotherman 

West Hardin Elementary Library

The primary goal of the Library/Media Center at West Hardin Elementary is to foster a love for reading. That combined with the free availability of information are the most important responsibilities of the Library. Using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program, we encourage every student to read a variety of books in order to accumulate points that earn the student various awards. Students earning 3 points in one week receive an opportunity to eat lunch in the library on Monday. Each month points are tallied and students are recognized for their work by being placed in points clubs and the Top 10 list. At the end of the year, a reward is organized for all students who qualify for the points clubs. Past reward activities have included a Royal Reading Luncheon with Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and a build-a-sundae party with supplies donated by a local business. Readers are leaders and we strive to create in our students the best readers in order for them to grow to reach their fullest potential.

Counseling

The purpose of the school counseling program at West Hardin is to facilitate learning opportunities in a manner that ensures all students can achieve school success.  We strive to meet the personal, social, and educational needs of our students while working alongside our parents.  We advocate for students’ well-being and offer guidance and support when the need arises.

Some activities that we enjoy to build relationships and skills include many different social stories, props such as puppets, games including bingo, and lots of interaction through conversation. Some topics include study skills, manners, feelings, self-esteem, hygiene, friends, bullying, healthy choices, fire prevention and much more.

If I can ever be assistance to you or your child, please contact me at the school.