Degrees and Certifications:
I grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, graduated from Aquinas High School, attended UW- LaCrosse, and Valley City State University, ND. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with minors in Early Childhood and Reading. I earned my Master of Science Degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!
My name is Lisa Apel-Christianson and I teach 1st grade at H.P.E. I'm excited to be at our awesome school, beginning my 30th year of teaching St. Paul students! I love teaching the IB /PYP Program, and working closely with families and staff here. Through the 6 Units of Inquiry in 1st grade, your child will be encouraged to delve deeper in to understanding the world around them by asking questions and searching to find the answers to those questions. New questions and new understanding that occurs will invigorate your child to want to learn more. Wondering about the world around them and asking questions is a motivating and empowering part of IB learning. "Taking action" is encouraged. It's when students can do something to make a positive difference, (however small it may seem). This is also a vital part of IB/PYP learning. This is called the inquiry action cycle process. We'll have fun working together to support your child to reach his or her full potential.
Please come to Open House! Even though this year it won't be at Highland Elementary where students usually bring all of their school supplies and learn the classroom a bit. We'll all do this material sorting on the first 2 days of school. So please try to have all of their supplies, especially those composition notebooks! We start writing and reading right off the bat! Thank you!
Here is a little about me. I grew up in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, graduated from Aquinas High School, attended UW- LaCrosse, and Valley City State University, ND. I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with minors in Early Childhood and Reading there. I earned my Master of Science Degree at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and have an additional 60 graduate credits. I love to learn, and read, and my goal is to help kids unlock the mystery and excitement of learning. I strive to inspire all of my students be good readers, to enjoy reading, so that they are able to learn about the world around them. Being a good reader is imperative to be a good reader for success in all other subject areas. Know that this is so critical in 1st grade. Progress is key, and celebrating those baby steps along the way is so important. It takes practice every night. Being read to at home by parents and guardians is an important part of the equation! Being involved by signing the daily planner and talking positively about school, having your child read and start practicing the word wall words, looking over your child's homework and catching errors, volunteering when you can either at school, or doing projects at home, ensuring regular bedtime, letting me know with a note in the planner or email if your child is struggling with something, and having a daily expectation for them to set aside to dedicate to doing their homework. All this matters!
My husband Tom and I have 2 daughters, Gretchen and Annalena, and a cuddly Doodle dog (Dachshund / Poodle mix). Annalena is 19 years old, graduated and is now beginning her freshman year in college. We are learning to adjust to being empty nesters. Bitter/sweet. Somehow, we're still always busy!
I look forward to a wonderful new school year together! First grade is an amazing year in a child's life! I'm excited to be part of it!