My name is Ms. Ruby Ellen Farr. Welcome to my website! I teach third grade math at McNair Elementary. I am new to REM but not new to education or teaching. I moved to Greensboro in July 2018 from Greenville, NC where I taught second grade all subjects for ten years. Before that I was a third grade Instructional Assistant in Wayne County, NC for five years.
I graduated from ECU in December 2007 with a BS in Elementary Education- Magna Cum Laude
I have an AS in Child Development and an AA in Early Childhood Education from Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Niceville, FL. Both of those degrees are with high honors.
I also have a military background. I am an honorably discharged active duty USAF veteran. I served four years active duty in Security Forces. I was stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, FL from January 1991- September 1994. I also served inactive reserves there for 2 years after that. My discharged rank is Sergeant. I volunteered a lot of my off duty time there as a mentor at the base elementary school. This was where I first had a desire to teach elementary school.
I have an amazing 24 year-old daughter, Rachael, who lives in Greenville, NC with her fantastic fiance, Carlos and my silly grand dog, Bella (a black lab-dalmatian mix)
I have a fabulous boyfriend, Bob.
I am a fun and funny teacher but also serious about the task of teaching math. I love math and know that being an expert mathematician can unlock so many doors for my third graders. I teach a lot of shortcuts and fluency strategies for success. We sing a lot of learning songs and speak a lot of math chants. I show multiple ways to arrive at a solution to math problems. I am an enthusiastic supporter and encourager for students that need extra support to have their "light bulb" moments and a cheer leader when students do understand new math concepts. I know every student thinks and learns differently. I celebrate this whole-heartedly.
In my spare time I enjoy reading and learning new concepts and ideas because I will always be a life-long learner. I love gardening, fitness walking, working out at the YMCA, drawing, spending time with friends and loved ones, and meditating.
Colors-Royal Purple, Teal, Coral, Olive Green
Authors: Charles Frazier, Robert Morgan, Douglas Evans
Illustrator: David Catrow, Kadir Nelson
Book and Movie Genre: Historical Fiction, especially early American History
Restaurants: Starbucks, Panera, Dames Chicken and Waffles, Stephanies Restaurant II, Hickory Tree BBQ, Mediterranean Restaurant, Fishbones, Mellow Mushroom Pizza, Crafted The Art of the Taco, Bonefish Grill, Smith Street Diner
Parents, guardians, grandparents, and other adult family members; I am excited to work with your child this year and you are always welcome to join us and volunteer in the classroom or eat lunch with us. I'm looking forward to a great school year!