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Hello! My name is Cary Ballard. This is my 17th year teaching at New Albany Elementary and my 4th teaching 5th grade. I received both my master's and bachelor's degrees in education from The Ohio State University. My passion has always been language arts. I started my college career as a journalism major. After tutoring other college students within one of my college writing classes, I discovered my love of teaching and soon after switched majors. I was lucky enough to be hired by New Albany Schools during my last year of my Masters program. During the course of my time here, I have learned a lot about education and have made some lifelong friends.
When I am not wearing my "teacher hat" I am a mom and wife. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and we have two wonderful and creative children. Reese, who is also in 5th grade this year, loves acting and nature. Ryan is in first grade and loves annoying his sister and building things. This summer we have been very busy training our new rescue puppy Pepper.
As a teacher, I love coming up with fun and innovative ways to introduce material. In my classroom, expect to use all modes of learning! I incorporate music, visual and artistic components within many of my daily lessons.