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Ratcliffe's Bio

Mr. Ratcliffe is entering his 16th year of teaching (all at Leapwood Avenue Elementary School).  He holds a Master’s degree in Education, a Bachelor's degree in English, as well as a multiple subject teaching credential.


With his wife (“Mrs. R”) and two daughters Paige (14) and Tory (12), they often spend their time on family vacations in Big Bear or just hanging out together.  During his free time, Mr. R loves movies, creative writing and is an avid comic reader – specifically Batman.


Academically, he only expects one thing from every student in his class:  “Give your best effort.”  When students try hard, they usually reach greater academic heights than they ever expected!

Garland Ratcliffe

Room 16's Slogan

Room 16’s slogan:  “Work Hard - Play Hard!"

My Teaching Style

I'll start with this: I have high expectations of my students, their families, and myself.  When the three work well together and communicate openly, academic and social advancements are very obtainable goals.  The process is fairly painless when we're all on the same page.  Let's start out that way:  Your student's improvement is the ultimate goal.


Agreed?  Awesome!  I agree, as well.


Each student is a product of their own individual experiences in life.  My role is to find as much positivity within that framework, and build upon that process.  Some students have MANY positive foundations in place, while others are "still building".  I do my best to know each one of them individually, but it's impossible to monitor them perfectly without help.  That's why I need open communication with every family.  If something goes … "odd" in a student's world, it's not always obvious at school.  The more we talk, the better it works out for your student.


Classroom Rules

1. Treat others as you expect to be treated

2. Complete all classwork and homework

3. Do not interfere with the learning of another student

4. Work hard to make sure you can play hard


A homework note is sent home the first day of every week.  This is a list of homework that is due daily. 


Late homework is due by 12:00 pm on Friday of each week.  Homework is valuable practice to review the daily lessons.  I do not accept excuses for missing work.  If it's late, let me know and I'll make note of it.  Once it's completed by the end of the week, I'll cross it off my list.  I'm not looking for excuses - just get it done.  However, once the week is over, I do not accept any more homework.


Those that fail to complete the week’s homework will not be allowed to participate in our class “Friday Reward Time."  I reserve time at the end of the week for fun activities.  “Work Hard, Play Hard”

Behavioral Issues

I prefer all discipline issues to be handled within the confines of the classroom.  I rarely call parents.  For the most part, students know my rules and work within that framework. 


Discipline is about choice:  If you know the rules, and act outside of them, there are consequences.  I give multiple warnings to make sure students understand their role in behavior. 


To put it simply:  If you’re hearing from me, we have a major issue.  Outside of that, I’ve got it covered.

Parental Role

I know that today’s subjects can be challenging for those who haven’t seen the material since their own elementary school experience (in particular, Common Core Math!), so I understand the confusion that can occur at home.  When this happens, your student has more than one resource for help: 

  • Each math lesson begins with a note taking session with examples.  Students have this information every day.
  • The workbook pages themselves have examples. 
  • I would suggest building more resources – like getting phone numbers or emails from fellow families of our class to call for help. 
  • Also, I can be reached via my LAUSD email account –
  • If your student struggles greatly, send a note along to me so I can keep better tabs on the issue.  Between both of our efforts, we will correct any concerns.
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