Valerie Ransom » About Me

About Me


I am excited to meet all of the children. I am also glad to have the opportunity to teach fifth grade this year. I am from New York State. I studied English Literature and secondary education. I am also a certified reading specialist in New York State. I began my teaching career in Taiwan nearly 20 years ago. I taught in Oklahoma for a few years and most recently I have been living in Shanghai, China where I taught children in a learning center for six years.

I am a mother of four children all of whom will attend GVA. We are thrilled to join this community and I love meeting people from all over the world. This year the students will spend lots of time choosing books to read and topics to write about. I believe they will come to be thoughtful readers and authors by reading and writing everyday. In Social Studies, we will discover American History from the time of Christopher Columbus to the Revolutionary War. In science class, we will explore the earth’s features. We will understand how living organisms grow and survive. The students will make discoveries about matter, chemical reactions, force and motion.

My expectations: I expect children to come prepared to class each day and to do their very best work. I expect children to be good listeners and also to follow directions. I expect children to be eager to learn and respectful of teachers and classmates.

Please feel free to email me at I will return a message to you as soon as I am able.

Sincerely yours,

Valerie Ransom