Whether you know her as Ms. Addy or Ms. Rigdon, she sure is excited to get to know you!
Ms. Addy was born and raised in Carrboro, North Carolina. She is from a big loving family, and is one of five kids! She earned her B.A. in Psychology & Neuroscience and B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Carolina. After graduating, Ms. Addy worked at Duke University's Center for Child and Family Policy doing research on early childhood literacy and community-centered non-profit organizations. Ms. Addy is a Tar Heel at heart, and loves watching UNC basketball games. Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Addy worked as a summer camp director, nanny, and literacy researcher. Through her work with children, Ms. Addy realized her passion for helping students learn and grow. She is passionate about student-centered learning, and moved all the way to San Diego to pursue that passion. Ms. Addy worked with grades 5, 1, 3, and K while finishing her Masters of Education in Teaching & Learning through High Tech High's Graduate School of Education. In 2021, Ms. Addy cleared her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and moved back to North Carolina to work at Morris Grove Elementary- a job that she loves very much.
Ms. Addy aspires to create encouraging and positive learning environments where students feel safe to challenge themselves, explore their worlds, and connect with community. As a culturally-responsive educator, Ms. Addy knows that it is very important for students' identities and home lives to be reflected and celebrated in the classroom. She is excited to work with students and their families to create a learning space where everyone feels welcome, and hopes to honor her students' backgrounds, traditions, and cultures in her classroom community and daily lessons. Ms. Addy has a passion for social-emotional learning, and teaches students about life skills and empathy in addition to academic skills. Her favorite lessons are designed around engaging students' hearts, hands, and minds while encouraging them to follow their interests. She believes that elementary school is a time for curiosity, learning, and growth as both a student and citizen of the world. To learn more about the beliefs that guide her teaching practice, check out Ms. Addy's teaching philosophy below!
When Ms. Addy is not at school, she enjoys all things involving the great outdoors! She is a gardener, hiker, swimmer, and avid frolicker. Being in nature makes Ms. Addy feel energized and happy. Ms. Addy also loves weightlifting, laughing, solving tricky math problems, and snuggling with her dog and two cats (Murphey, Obie, and Tallulah).
Curious about Ms. Addy's Master's coursework? Ms. Addy had the chance to explore three major research interests:
How might I build a classroom community that is founded on the principles of Positive Discipline and restorative practices?
How can I incorporate social emotional life skills into my academic curriculum in an effort to teach hearts, hands, and minds?
How can I develop early elementary students' critical consciousness around societal patterns of oppression in a developmentally appropriate way?
Check out my "Graduate Work" tab to learn more about my Master's work!