Ms. Colby Black

Welcome fifth graders and family! 
My name is Colby Henderson-Black and this is my first year teaching at Normal Park Museum Magnet. I could only dream of attending a school like NP when I was your age, so the opportunity to teach at such a school is so exciting! I look forward to welcoming you into a safe classroom environment full of learning, growing and exploring. I feel very lucky to join this fifth grade team teaching Reading, Social Studies and Writing. 
I am originally from Jackson, Mississippi, but just recently moved from Boone, North Carolina where I lived for the past 3 years. I earned a Bachelor's in Communication from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. My path to teaching was long and windy, but I am so happy to be here with you! 
I graduated in May, moved to Chattanooga the next day, and got married in June-it's been a wild summer! I have a wonderfully large family and great friends that have encouraged and supported me throughout my life. I also have 2 very furry children, Emerson and Wayne, they have never met a couch they didn't love or a squirrel they didn't dislike. 
If you haven't already discovered a love for reading and writing, my goal is to help you discover that passion! I am ecstatic about sharing this upcoming year with you! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know! 
"Reading is like breathing in and writing is like breathing out, and storytelling is what links both: it is the soul of literacy. The most powerful tool that we have to strengthen literacy is often the most underused and overlooked, and that is a child's own stories."
-Pam Allyn
A few of my favorite things:
Color: Dark Green 
Reading Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Poetry and Modern Fantasy 
Books: The Art of Racing in the Rain, Harry Potter, A Painted House, Wish and Wonder 
Entertainment: I love superhero fiction and movies and shows with lead female roles
Drinks: Coffee and La Croix
Food: Niedlov's,Tony's and Mojo Burrito
Snacks: Almonds, Mandarines, Apples, Cheese Nips and Sour Punch Straws
Teams: GO COWBOYS! I went to college with Dak Prescott! #4
Flowers: Wild Flowers, Sunflowers and Hydrangeas 
Animal: I love all animals, but especially fluffy, squishy dogs!