Welcome to Mrs. Whatley's first grade class! Hello my name is Tonya Whatley. I am so excited to be teaching 1st grade at Higgins Elementary. I have twenty years teaching experience. I have taught first grade, second grade, fourth grade, and a reading intervention class. I am also ESL certified. I am married to Brian Whatley and have three step children. I love teaching first grade. My passion is teaching children to read. I am looking forward to meeting you and your child! This is going to be a great year. We are going to learn a lot of new and exciting things this year.