Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary Education, St. Cloud State University M.A. Public Administration, Hamline University
Ms. Elissa Tarnofsky
Welcome to 5th Grade! I am beginning my 8th year teaching at Horace Mann. I previously taught at Battle Creek Elementary and Groveland Park Elementary.
5th Grade is an exciting year! Students are preparing for middle school by participating in many leadership opportunities. Organizing for success and goal setting is covered in AVID Elementary instruction. Additionally, many enriching field trip experiences throughout the year support student achievement and personal growth. 5th Grade is a year for all students to gain more confidence, independence and a love of learning.
As a teacher, I believe that it is important to recognize each child's strengths, interests and abilities. This knowledge informs my instruction and helps build relationships. I follow the Responsive Classroom management model creating a welcoming, safe and positive classroom community. I include my students by giving them voice and choice in the learning process. I believe that students, families, and teachers need to work together to make the year successful.
I look forward to meeting and working with all of our awesome 5th Grade families!