Ms. Groves

Phone: 217-362-3360


Degrees and Certifications:

School: Eastern Illinois University Graduation Year: 1998 Degree: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Ms. Groves

Grade 1- Room 26

Hello, my name is Heather Groves and this is my ninth year teaching at William Harris Elementary School.  My first year at Harris I taught 4th grade.  I have been in my 1st grade classroom the past eight years. I am very happy to be working at such a great school with wonderful staff and students.  


I was born in Rockford Il but grew up in Decatur.  I am a Decatur Public School graduate.  I recieved my Associates Degree at Richland Community College and my Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Illinos University.  After graduation I was a substitute teacher for Decatur Public Schools until I was employed by Harris. Outside of teaching I enjoy spending time with my family.  I have a husband that works at Muller and two children that attend Dennis Lab School.  


As a teacher, I love the challenge of building success for each individual learner.  I am constantly learning and open to new insights from educational research and my wise teaching colleagues.  I believe that all children can and will learn.  Children learn through many different learning styles, and it is important to me that I teach using many different methods to reach all children.   I also feel it is important for the parents to be involved in their child's learning.  Daily books are sent home so that students and parents can read together.  I also send home weekly newsletters so you know the standards we are working on each week.  Parent-teacher-student conferences are practices that I use to involve and inform parents.  Parents are one of the most important resources in meeting the individual needs of each student.