Greetings Parents, Guardians and New First Graders,
I want to welcome you to first grade for the 2021-2022 school year. I am looking forward to working with you and your child this school year.  Students will be learning math, reading, shared reading, learning sight words to help them read their leveled books and beyond, phonics, writing, social studies and science.  It is important that your child read at least 20 minutes a night (a book, magazine, newspaper or even the signs while you are riding).  Please check back here regularly to stay updated on important information for class and school. I will also keep you posted with important dates through this website, our homework calendars and Class tag messages. We will also communicate through the student agendas.  Any notes should be placed in the take home folder, agenda or you can send a remind me message. 
About Me
Let me tell you a little about myself. I currently live in Beaufort, SC.  My grandma is originally from the Ridgeland area.  I enjoy singing, reading, drawing, painting buildings pictures and landscapes, attending church and spending time with family and friends. When I do find time I enjoy watching TV classic shows at home.  This year will be my 5th year of teaching.  I have taught Pre-K for 3 years and this will be my second year teaching first grade.  This school year will begin my 10th year teaching and working with students.  I am always researching ways to introduce new learning through art and technology.
Education Experience
I have attended numerous colleges and universities and have received my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ.  I also attended Cathedral Bible College in Myrtle Beach, SC where I received my first Masters in Christian Counseling Degree.  Also, I have my second Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction.  I am both certified and licensed to teach in both SC & NC.  This summer me and along with some selected teachers have been in a fantastic training planning curriculum units for instruction with our new Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD).  I am planning my favorite subject area Math with the Math curriculum team.  There will be seven awesome math units for the entire school year and for each unit students will have a "Big Idea" and tasks that they will have to complete with hands on learning in the classroom.  I am looking forward to teaching your child and watching them grow academically this school year!  I am expecting great things this school year for every student!  We will be working hard to meet our academic goals in reading, math, science, social studies, writing and phonics.  Students who meet goals will be rewarded.  Nothing is impossible!
Teacher of the Year- Ridgeland Elementary- 2021-2022 school year
Teacher of the Month- March 2018 & February 2020
Rookie Teacher of the Year- 2017-2018 School Year
Your Partner in Education,
Mr. Samuel Jiles, Jr.
First Grade Teacher
Email: Samuel.Jiles@jcsd.net