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Mrs. Ashley Schoen
My name is Ashley Schoen and I will be your teacher.
I am very excited to work with you throughout the year. Hopefully you and your student are ready to leap into learning. One really exciting thing about the school year is I get to be their teacher again! At Benjamin E. Mays, we will be implementing the "looping" style. Research shows that classrooms can build a wonderful community, establish stronger routines, and of course have positive academic growth!
In this note you will find out a little bit about whom I am.
This year is my 10th year working at Benjamin E. Mays. The first position I had here was back in 2008 as a 2nd grade teacher. Then I was a teaching assistant in the Autism program for two years. Next, I taught 4th grade for 5 years and 2016-2017 was my first year teaching 3rd grade. 2017-2018 finds me back with 4th grade.
I went to high school in N. St. Paul, graduating in 2000. Following high school I journeyed up to Duluth, MN, knowing I wanted to be a teacher. I attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for 4 years majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Teaching Mathematics. After 4 years in Duluth, I came back to the Twin Cities to do my student teaching in St. Paul, at Como Park Elementary; in December of 2004 I graduated. Upon graduating I stayed in the cities and did 2 ½ years of substitute teaching in both Stillwater and St. Paul schools. After having the opportunity to work in many schools, I took a full time job at Como Park Elementary as a teaching assistant. I worked at Como Park for 3 years before coming to Benjamin E. Mays.
Outside of school, I live in Maplewood with my husband, Derek, our son Austin who is 7 years old, as a BIG 2nd grader now!! Then there is our daughter Alexandra who is 3 years old. Also at home we have a 9-year-old chocolate lab, Hank. When the workday is done I enjoy many things. Most importantly is hanging out with my family and friends. We were a very busy family this summer between going to the cabin, Austin playing T-ball for the second year, and simply spending time with the kids outside!
A new and interesting fact for this year is Benjamin E. Mays is going to be a looping school. This means that I get the same group of wonderful kiddos as I had last year!! Looping makes me really excited for the fact that I will get to know the group of kiddos even better and routines will be in place for our second year together!
In conclusion, I look forward to the year ahead and thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions throughout the year feel free to contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 651-325-2454.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THIS:
***The following information is being sent to Mays families by email and is on our website spps.org/mays. The district is pushing hard to get families to complete their iUpdate forms by this Friday, September 15. PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR FAMILIES TO COMPLETE THE FORMS. Let me know if you need anything. The paper forms families will be asked to complete after September 15 are time intensive and not anymore user friendly than the online iUpdate.
IMPORTANT! - Parents Complete iUpdate online by September 15
Parents and guardians should have received their One Stop username by email. This is in the form of "gXXXXXX" or "g" followed by 6 numbers. If you need help recovering your g-number username, please contact Karen Shanahan at Mays (651) 325-2492.
Once you have your username and password you should be able to fill in all the important school forms on line (for example: contact information, emergency contact information, critical health information on your student, media release forms, iPad form, field trip form, and library go acceptance). These forms need to be completed in iUpdate by Friday, September 15.
Computers, and assistance, is available at school to help in this process. Contact Karen Shanahan at (651) 325-2492 or (651) 325-2400 with questions or to request help.