Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts - Buena Vista University Masters of Education - Hamline University
Hello! This will be my first teaching at Dayton's Bluff Elementary, but I have been teaching in St. Paul for over ten years. I especially love working on the East Side! I received my Bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. After serving in the Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa for 2 years, I returned and began teaching in St. Paul. I received my Master's in Education from Hamline University from the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching program.
I am the mother of two children, a first grade son and a daughter in preschool. I am proud to say my kids also attend St. Paul Public Schools. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, reading, and watching movies.
I look forward to an excellent year. Together, we will do great things!
Reading is a very important skill to become comfortable with in third grade. Each day we will spend time reading books on our own, in small groups, with partners, and listening to stories read aloud. Find time in your day to make reading important at home too!
The following article gives some great tips for promoting literacy at home:
Writing is another very important component of literacy. We will spend time writing in class each day. Some of the genres we will study this year are: memoirs, informational research reports, poetry, book reviews, and realistic fiction.
The following ideas from Scholastic.com can be done at home to improve your child's writing skills!
Write About Your Lives: When your family experiences an enjoyable or important moment, you and your child can write about it together in a narrative piece. Describe the events that occurred using details and emotion, then send the piece to family members or friends to share the event and the writing.
Get Technical: Help your child use a computer to research a topic or communicate with friends and family. Your third grader can also use the computer to write her own pieces or pieces you write together.
Learn How to Do Something New: Pick something fun you and your child want to learn how to do, like drawing cartoons (How to Make Awesome Comics is a great 3rd grade resource for that!). Research the topic online or in a book together and create an informative piece, explaining the subject. You can then do the project yourselves or teach another family member or friend using the piece you and your child wrote.
Make Your Own Magazine: Read magazines for children, such as Scholastic News, to familiarize your child with the format of magazines. Then work together to create your own magazine about your family, topics of interest, or anything you’d like!
This year in math, third graders will cover many different topics and skills. We will spend time in all four of the math strands, Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Data Analysis, and Geometry and Measurement. There are several different components to our math learning each day:
- Math Review - Partner and group work on math skills with error analysis and math talks
- Task Board - Differentiated instruction and time for students to work with partners on games to practice skills
- Lesson - Introduction and practice of new math skills
I will share which concepts will be focused on each month in the newsletters that I send home with students.
The following articles can give you some ideas for working on math at home:
7:15 - Students enter the building
7:20 - Breakfast
7:35 - Morning Meeting
7:55 - Writer's Workshop
8:50 - Specialist (Gym or Science)
9:50 - Reader's Workshop
11:00 - Words Their Way
11:30 - Read Aloud
11:55 - Recess/Structured Play
12:15 - Lunch
12:35 - Math
1:50 - Prepare for Dismissal
1:55 - Dismissal
**Students attend Music and Library on Tuesdays