Welcome to second grade! I am Mary Ann Reno and I am excited about teaching virtually this year. My goal is to have a virtual classroom that is a safe and positive learning environment where we will cultivate the minds of thinkers, learners, and doers- and we'll have fun doing it!
I grew up in the small town of Erwin in East Tennessee. I loved cheerleading, dancing, playing soccer, and going to church. After I graduated from Unicoi County High School, I attended Tennessee Tech University (Go, Eagles!) where I received a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, I married Bill. We have now been married for 26 years! We moved to Knoxville where I taught a fourth and fifth-grade combination class, a first and second-grade combination class, and then second grade. During this time, I also attended the University of Tennessee (Go, Vols!), where I receive my Masters of Information Sciences. I have an endorsement in Read to Succeed. I am currently working on my Gifted and Talented certification as well as a certification in virtual teaching. I love learning!
I became a mom of two beautiful girls, Mary Beth and Sarah Grace. We moved to Anderson, and I started teaching again when the kids were in school. I taught the TMD classroom at Midway for three years and then returned to general education teaching second grade for seven years, fifth-grade for two years, and now a new adventure teaching second grade virtually. I blinked, and my children are now 19 and 21. Mary Beth is a senior bio-engineering major and Sarah Grace is a sophomore mechanical engineering major at Clemson University. (Go, Tigers!) I have two dogs, Aggie and Sadie.
In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at my church, reading, and being with my family.