Hello, My name is Carrie Cardinal and I am a 5th grade science teacher at C. E. Hanna. I grew up and completed all of my education at Saks High School (℅ ‘96) My journey as a teacher is still new, I graduated from Jacksonville State University in August of 2020 and completed my first year teaching in May of 2021. Although I am still learning, I bring years of experience helping my own kids, the best education in the state, and the guidance of many veteran teachers with me into my classroom. I am 5th grade AMSTI trained and as of this 2021 school year I am the co-coach of the Oxford Robotics World Vex 2nd place champions.
My husband, Michael, and I have lived in Jacksonville and have been married for 10 years now during which we have both graduated from JSU. I began my career as an educator as he started his challenging journey as a disabled veteran. We have two boys; Malik will be a 10th grader (21-22 school year) at Jacksonville High School, and Braden will be a 6th grader (21-22 school year) at Walter Wellborn Elementary School. When I am not at school, I spend all my time at home, taking care of our dogs (Demon and Cadence) and spending time with my husband and boys. I have few hobbies that I enjoy doing; swimming would be top of this list, shopping (finding any bargains especially at Dirt Cheap), swinging and relaxing in my hammock and travelling. My most rewarding trip was when I lived in the Holy Land for a year.
As my boys have grown up, I have tried to give them alternative ways to learn and remember strategies that they could use in their own education. I never expected to be a teacher, I was an insurance agent when the opportunity for me to continue my education arose. When I was given the opportunity I quickly chose to go into elementary education because I became very interested in differentiated strategies. I live for the “ah-ha” moments I can see in my students and even my own children’s eyes. My goal in everything I do is to have my students enjoy learning no matter if I am teaching science, math, or ELA. I want them to enjoy coming to school to learn and have the ability to connect what they are learning to real-world experiences. I help create scientific and mathematical thinkers while ensuring a safe learning environment for all.