Mountain View Elementary School

Proud Home of the Eagles

Fifth Grade Team

Madison Layman

Teacher


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I had always wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. I would often spend time playing "school" with my friend, Courtney, and her little sisters. We even went as far as creating and grading assignments for them. My dad is a professor at JMU and I would love to go into the lecture hall and use the chalkboard and overhead projectors to pretend to hold class. As I grew older, I realized the impact teachers had on my life and I found that I really loved working with kids. I wanted to share my love for learning with my students and create a safe space for them to learn and grow.

What brings you joy while teaching?

I love interacting with the students and joking around with them! I especially love teaching 5th grade as I get to see students grow throughout the year and prepare them for middle school. I also love watching a skill "click" for a kid who was struggling and finally understands! It's the best feeling seeing students feel confident in their knowledge and be proud of themselves!

What is one fun fact about you?

I attended Mountain View as a student. I was in First Grade here when the school opened in 2000.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

I graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor's degree in Business. I then attended Liberty University where I graduated with my master's degree in Teaching.

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

My favorite thing about Mountain View would have to be the community. Our students, families, and staff are the absolute best! Everyone here goes above and beyond to make the school and community a better place for our students. I also love the traditions that our school has such as the 5th Grade hockey game and popsicles at field day! These are traditions that I remember enjoying as a student and now I get to share them with my class each year.

Dorely Morales-Perez

Teacher


What made you decide to become a teacher?

I always wanted to become a teacher when I grew up. I am the oldest of four so I would play teacher with my siblings and give them lessons. I also want to make a difference in the future generation!

What brings you joy while teaching?

I enjoy getting to know my students and building relationships with them. I love how we are all different in our own way and how we become a classroom family over the school year.

What is one fun fact about you?

I like to eat pickled jalapenos as a snack!

Where did you get your teaching degree?

I received my bachelor's and master's degree from James Madison University. Go Dukes!

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

My favorite thing about Mountain View is the community of teachers, staff, students, and families.

Jonathan Trice

Teacher


Do you have any nicknames your students call you?

Tricycle

What made you decide to become a teacher?

I had an elementary school neighbor who had braces to help support his wrists and feet when he was little due to birth defect. He would always watch me play basketball on my driveway when I was in high school. One day, I asked him to join and play, and ever since that day we have been the best of friends. I realized that if I could make an impact for one younger person, why not help make an impact on hundreds as an elementary school teacher.

What brings you joy while teaching?

What brings me the most joy is seeing all the students smiling, learning, and most importantly having fun! Another thing that brings me joy is being able to help students grow as great citizens of the community.

What is one fun fact about you?

I have a drift trike in my classroom that you may occasionally see me ride in the hallways and drifting around the corners or down the hills at the track.

Where did you get your teaching degree?

Eastern Mennonite University

What is your favorite thing about Mountain View?

My favorite thing about MVES is being able to work with all the amazing students and the outstanding educators in this building!