Welcome to our classroom community! I am so excited to get this year going and I can’t wait to learn all about my wonderful new students and all of you in the coming weeks!
The first few weeks of school we will be focusing on community building, becoming familiar with new classroom routines and learning more about each other’s strengths and interests. We will be creating a classroom family promise, which outlines the ways that we would like to feel at school and the behaviors that we will agree to exhibit in order to experience those feelings. We will also play some getting to know you games, take a tour of the classroom and the school and begin discovering the objectives outlined in the first grade curriculum.
In addition, I will be spending some time interviewing students individually in order to get a deeper understanding of what their goals are for first grade. My intention is to make sure that every student feels valued as a member of our classroom family during the first weeks of school and throughout the year. Starting out with a strong sense of community will have a powerful impact on our success throughout the year.
I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher this year! This is my first year with my own classroom as a certificated teacher but I have been working and volunteering in schools for many years. Most recently I was a para in the Bellevue School District where I focused on kindergarten and first grade and I spent a year in second grade as a student teacher. I feel very lucky to be working on Mercer Island, specifically at West Mercer. The teachers, specialist and administrators are all so warm and welcoming and I already feel part of the Wolf Pack!
As excited as I am to get to know all of my new students, I am equally excited about meeting all of you. Our communication this year will be paramount to your child receiving the best possible education. You know your child best, and I am always open to your ideas and feedback. Please feel free to contact me through email or by phone at any time. I look forwarding to see you at the Open House on Tuesday, September 4th from 3-4 p.m.