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    Name: Hillary Altenberg
    Grade: Early Childhood Special Education
    Room: 125
    Email: hillary.altenberg@mercerislandschools.org
    Phone: (206) 275-5880

    Best form of contact: Email or phone

    Hello Families!

    My name is Hillary Altenberg and I will be your child’s developmental preschool and extended day teacher for the 2018-2019 school year! This is my third year teaching at Northwood and I am beyond excited to meet the students and begin a year of growth, exploration and learning. 

    A little bit about myself: I am originally from Southern California (Orange County area) but I moved up here to attend Seattle Pacific University where I received my BA in Psychology. While doing my undergrad, I had an internship with Mosaic Children’s Therapy Center doing Applied Behavior Analysis and teaching social skills classes to children with autism. I then attended the University of Washington to receive my masters in Early Childhood Special Education and my BCBA (board certified behavior analyst). While doing my masters, I was able to work at the Experimental Education Unit, Boyer Children’s Clinic and Daniel Bagley Elementary. It was such a great experience working with a wide range of ages from toddlers to 5th graders.  It was here I realized that preschool is my favorite age to teach. Aside from teaching, I love to work out at Orange Theory Fitness, travel around the world (I went to Thailand and Iceland last year!) and read!

    A little about the classroom: I will be implementing the Creative Curriculum, a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum. The curriculum allows students to be their most effective, while still honoring their creativity and respecting their critical role in making learning exciting and relevant. I also believe in promoting a positive and inclusive learning environment at all times. I know that every child has the capacity to learn and participate with the right accommodations and modifications in place.

    I want to establish a strong relationship with all of you and determine the best mode of communication, whether it is email, phone calls or a note sent home. I urge you to communicate any thoughts or concerns you might have about your child and I will do my best to work with you to determine a plan of action. Overall, I am very excited for the start of the school year and hope you are too!