Alhambra Traditional School
Mrs. Larkin is all-around awesome!!! She is a devoted teacher who demonstrates daily that there is more to being an educator than just teaching. She is a coach, mentor, guide, and friend. Mrs. Larkin comes to class each day prepared to work and expects the same from her students. Her high standards, balanced by her compassion and sense of humor, encourage students to rise to a higher level. Mrs. Larkin takes the time to identify where students are struggling and then focuses on addressing those areas. For students that are still having difficulty, Mrs. Larkin provides tutoring before school. Her Opportunity Club gives students a chance to complete unfinished work or fix incorrect work during lunchtime. She also works closely with parents to form the best education team possible to bring about the success of her students. Mrs. Larkin requires her students to set academic goals at the beginning of each quarter. An important part of the goal-setting is developing an action plan to identify specific efforts the students will make to reach their goals. She is passionate about books and reading. This year she worked on a book drive for our school so students would have access to more books at appropriate reading levels. She even integrated the book drive processes into our class lessons where we set goals, planned rewards, and promoted the book drive. In the classroom she guides students in their reading efforts through different techniques to help with comprehension and retention. Furthermore, she recommends reading non-fiction and how-to books to encourage different ways of thinking. Mrs. Larkinís efforts continue to inspire her students beyond 5th grade. Many of her prior students have said that they take the skills she taught and apply them in later years. Mrs. Larkin shows a personal interest in each student. Her energy and enthusiasm encourages her students to do their best and then she challenges us to do even better because she knows it is in our capacity to do so. We love her!!!
Rachel & ranger Adams