Degrees and Certifications:
Hello! My name is Stacy Cruz and I am the first grade teacher in room 1304. This is my sixth year teaching at Crossroads and have truly enjoyed the many benefits to the year round schedule! I am very passionate about teaching and excited to share what happens in room 1304 with you!
MEET MRS. CRUZ
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Lakeville Minnesota with an amazing family! I am the middle child of three! I have an older brother named Shawn who lives in AZ and a younger sister named Ashley who lives in IA.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Winona State University with a bachelor degree in Elementary Education with emphasis on Preprimary (birth-sixth grade).
What do you like to do?
When I am not teaching I LOVE to travel! I am always up for an adventure and want to see all the wonderful things the world has to offer! I also love to ride my bicycle with my husband! We enjoy spending an afternoon on the Greenway or biking around St. Paul!
Why do you love to teach?
There are SO many reasons I love to teach, but I love to see children feel empowered through learning and seeing them feel successful once they have learned a new skill!
Who was your favorite teacher?
I have been truly blessed with having some AMAZING teachers throughout my lifetime; but I have two teachers who really stood out amongst them all. My first grade teacher Mrs. Strike; she taught with such love and care that made me fall in love with school. My fifth grade teacher also made a huge impact on me Mrs. Frenchshu; she made me the most organized, focused learner I could be and truly set me up for success in school.
Our classroom will be a Responsive Classroom!
The Responsive Classroom is an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe community. The goal is to enable optimal student learning. Created by classroom teachers and backed by evidence independent research, the Responsive Classroom approach is based on the premise that children learn best when they have both academic and social-emotional skills. The approach therefore consists of classroom and school-wide practices for deliberately helping children build academic and social-emotional competencies.
Guiding Principles for Responsive Classroom:
Seven principles, informed by the work of educational theorists and the experiences of exemplary classroom teachers, guide the Responsive Classroom approach:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what children learn.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- There is a set of social skills that children need to be successful academically and socially. These skills form the simple acronym CARES – cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control
- Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the parents of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.
- Teachers and administrators must model the social and academic skills they wish to teach their children.
Behavior Plan for a Responsive Classroom:
There might be times where the students lose their self-control and need to take a break. Here are the steps that we will go through when this happens in our room when a student loses their self -control.
- Take a break and once student gains self -control they can decide to come back and join the group when they are ready.
2.Take a break and teacher decides when to invite the child back to the group
3.The child needs to gain their self -control by leaving our classroom and go to a buddy room.
We will all have a chance to model and practice taking a break and using a buddy room at the beginning of the year. Make sure to read our weekly newsletter to hear all about the Responsive Classroom games, greetings, learning, and much more we will be doing throughout the school year!
The best time to reach me by phone is during my prep hour or you can leave a message and I will return your call at the end of our day.
If your child is not to ride the bus on a specific day or their normal routine changes, please send a note to school or call!
If you’re researching schools, I recommend that you stop in for a visit! I look forward to meeting you!