Hello! My name is Michelle (Shelly) Hatfield and I am excited to be your 5th grade teacher this year!
I was born in Kokomo, Indiana where I attended a country school much smaller than Binford. I moved to Bloomington in 1993 to attend Indiana University and have lived in this area ever since. Bloomington is such a wonderful place to live, work, and to raise my children—I certainly consider it my home now.
After graduating from IU for my undergraduate studies, I immediately began teaching at Fairview Elementary School. I taught special education in the intermediate grades there for about three years before coming to Binford to teach 5th grade in 2000. Binford has gone through many changes in the time I have spent here, but it continues to be an amazing learning environment dedicated to student success. If you are a returning student, I am sure you will understand my love for this school. If you are new to our district, I am confident you will come to be proud to attend Binford.
While teaching at Binford, I have pursued many further learning opportunities to ensure I'm current with new instructional pedagogy. I attend workshops, trainings, and classes frequently. Researching new ideas, resources, and information is an enjoyable venture for me. I learn the most as an educator, however, through conversations with fellow educators. I've also completed my Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University.
My family consists of my husband, Troy, our two sons, Trent and Connor, our cat, Eclipse, and our Weimaraner, Truman. Troy is a deputy chief probation officer here in Monroe County. My hilarious sons are eagerly anticipating their year as sixth graders here at Binford. They are two of the most unalike identical twins most people will ever meet! Eclipse is a shelter rescue cat named after a prime character in the Warriors book series (by my sons because it is their favorite series). Truman is a Louisville Weimaraner Rescue dog who had a very rough first few years. Together, we make a happy Hatfield clan!
When I am not teaching or spending time with my family I have many activities to keep myself busy. I enjoy running, fitness classes, weight lifting, hiking, cycling, geocaching, half marathons, marathons, and triathlons. Some of my hobbies include scrapbooking, reading, decorating, gardening, camping, hanging out with my friends, photography, and philanthropic work. I also spend a lot of my summer working with foster dogs through Louisville Weimaraner Rescue. The one activity I spend most of my spare time on, however, is reading. I enjoy reading New York Times bestsellers, historical fiction, children’s novels, professional development resources, magazines, blogs, tweets, blogs, and newspapers—basically anything I can get my hands on! This love of reading is something I hope to always pass along to my students each year and my own children.
I have many fun and exciting activities planned for this year. As a class, our main goal will be to become confident, independent learners able to use our resources to find the information we need. The success of the year is dependent upon you as a student! You make choices every day that determine how well you will do, and therefore how well our classroom community will function. You need to have a positive attitude and always try your personal best. Do this and you are bound to succeed in this fifth grade journey and in life.
I am really looking forward to a great year spent learning, exploring, and discovering together!