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Suzanne  Raggio
4th Grade Language Arts
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4th Grade Language Arts, 4th Grade Social Studies


Undergraduate: B.S. Home Economics/Interior Design    Minor: Art           University of Mississippi

Graduate Degree: Master of Arts Elementary Education       University of Memphis



Thank you for visiting my website.  I am Suzanne Gifford Raggio, originally from Eupora, Mississippi, I graduated from Ole Miss, earning an undergraduate degree.  I worked in the field of interior design and visual merchandising before returning to the University of Memphis to earn my Masters in Teaching.   Previously, I taught in Shelby County Tennessee. This will be my tenth year to teach fourth grade at DeSoto Central and approximately my 16th year overall.  One thing that I can honestly say about teaching is that there is never a dull moment!  I enjoy investing my time, talents, and energy in the children who will become our leaders some day.

     I have been married for 29 years to Bobby Raggio.  We have a daughter, Christy, who will be a senior in high school this school year.  Together, we enjoy our dogs, Pepsi and Daisy.  Pepsi is a black Lab, while Daisy is a Shih-tzu/Bichon mix.

    Some of the things that I enjoy doing in my spare time are gardening, reading, shopping, cooking, decorating, and pinning on Pinterest.  The majority of my pins tend to be "teaching ideas"  and  "cooking"!  I also enjoy exploring boutiques, shops, and local eateries in and around the Hernando area.

     I look forward to partnering with you to make this one of the best elementary-school years for your child, not only academically, but in social and emotional growth. Fourth grade is truly a special time and age, I REALLY do believe. :-)


     Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  The BEST way to contact me will be e-mail (, text by DOJO, or a note, but you may also call the school and leave a voice mail.  Please be mindful that I may not be able to return your phone call immediately, as I will be in my classroom for the majority of the day.  I will certainly do my best to return your call within 24 hours.



Printed below is a poem that is especially meaningful to me.   I read this and reflect on it every so often, just to remind myself of the impact and influence that I have upon my students.  




Children Learn What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte

          If children live with criticism,
               They learn to condemn.
          If children live with hostility,
               They learn to fight.
          If children live with ridicule,
               They learn to be shy.
          If children live with shame,
               They learn to feel guilty.
          If children live with encouragement,
               They learn confidence.
          If children live with tolerance,
               They learn to be patient.
          If children live with praise,
               They learn to appreciate.
          If children live with acceptance,
               They learn to love.
          If children live with approval,
               They learn to like themselves.
          If children live with honesty,
               They learn truthfulness.
          If children live with security,
               They learn to have faith in themselves and others.
          If children live with friendliness,
               They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Copyright © 1972/1975 by Dorothy Law Nolte

Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.
This is the author-approved short version.