Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Courtney Hoven
Congratulations to Ms. Courtney Hoven, a fourth-grade teacher at Hampton Cove Elementary School, who has been selected as this week’s Teacher Spotlight recipient!
Ms. Hoven has known that she wanted to be a teacher since a very young age, when she would bring home leftover school supplies to teach her stuffed animals. Working without an overhead projector or transparencies, she often had to resort to using sheet protectors with her Vis-à-vis markers. She also spent a great deal of time babysitting, which she began as soon as she and her brother were old enough. While she did consider a different path at the start of college, she quickly realized that she would only be happy following her true calling as an educator. She says that she’s always had a passion for making a difference in the lives of children.
“Ms. Hoven is always looking for ways to improve her teaching,” says Hampton Cove Elementary Principal Christina Spivey, “and she’s fantastic at building relationships with all of her students.” Ms. Spivey adds that Ms. Hoven is always looking for ways to engage and encourage her students, whether they need extra supports or advanced acceleration. “She’s a really nice teacher and she always encourages us to do our best,” says fourth-grade student Mazie Macgrotty. In Ms. Hoven’s classroom, students can often be seen working on group projects or in reading centers, and Ms. Hoven often adjusts the time spent in each instructional activity so the students maximize quality learning. Carson Grubb says, “It’s a lot more fun than just doing it by ourselves.”
When she isn’t teaching, Ms. Hoven enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She says that her favorite literature is fiction, because it has a wonderful way of transporting you to a different world not constrained by the reality we live in.
Ms. Hoven’s primary goal is for the students to know that she cares about them and that she wants the best for them. “I do want them to learn,” she says, “that’s why we’re here, but when they leave my classroom I want them to know that I cared.” Judging from the family atmosphere she has created, that’s definitely a goal she has achieved with great success.