The children at CCS call me Oma, as do my 13 grandchildren. It is German and Hebrew for Nana, and is easier to remember than Mrs. Privette. Third grade is where I began my teaching career 48 years ago in Northern Virginia, after graduating with a B.S. in Education with a double major,(elementary education K-5 and social studies 6-12) from the University of Virginia. Since that time I have taught kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in elementary schools in Virginia, upstate New York and North Carolina. I also earned a Masters degree in Library Science from S.U.N.Y. Albany, and been an elementary and high school librarian. I retired 6 years ago from Nash County Schools and began subbing at CCS.
I have been married to Richard Privette for 21 years. He is retired and grew up in the Wilson area. I have 5 children and 1 stepson who are all married and we have 13 grandchildren ages 6-23. (Christmas is loud and active in our home). One of my granddaughters began at CCS 8 years ago and is now a senior.
I was not raised in a Christian home but at an early age met my Savior in a first grade Sunday school class because of wonderful people who loved Jesus and shared the gospel. As a child I was grew up my first 8 years 20 miles outside of New York City in Bellmore, L.I. This little girl got the culture shock of her life moving in 4th grade to rural Vermont. I learned quickly about bulls and staying out of pastures, as well as learning to ski jump, but I also sought out and found Christ followers in my grandparents church who nurtured and grew my faith. Our pastor took our youth group to a Billy Graham Crusade in Boston in the fall of 1964. I went forward at the altar call, with full confidence, walking that long aisle in the Boston Garden, and have never regretted it.
My favorite Bible verse that has sustained me through the years is Deut. 31:8 "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
I look forward to facilitating your child's learning in this transition year and am excited to see how God will grow each of them. I am honored and humbled to be their teacher.