"Childhood should be a journey, not a race."
Welcome to First Grade! My name is Mariana Tennyson. This is my 35th year of teaching- wow, I really don't feel that old! The past 11 years, I taught 1st grade. There is so much growth from the first day of 1st grade to the last. First graders are so enthusiastic about everything in their lives. They love order, facts, and safety. I have just been handed the best class ever. I look forward to working with every family that enters my classroom. The students of Horace Mann are delightful! I have been here since 1999 and find them to be smart, focused, kind, collaborative, and highly inquisitive.
During my years in education, I have thoroughly enjoyed roles as a gifted and talented specialist, Reading Recovery teacher, building content coach, as well as a Title 1 specialist for reading and mathematics. Even though each role has its own flavor, they all have a common theme: honoring the whole child and the diverse cultures, gifts, and talents that each student brings to learning.
I live in Eagan with my husband, dogs- Lindy Lou and Laney, and 2 birds- Loco and Jose. I have a son, Robert, who is currently finishing up his Ph.D. program at the University of Washington and will be out searching for a position at a university. Hopefully, there will be professor opening at the U of M. It would be nice to have him close to home. Luckily, my daughter lives close to home. She purchased her first home last summer in Robinsdale. It has been fun watching her transform an average home into the house of her dreams. She is currently working for Lutheran Social Services and loves her job. I love it when she stops by for dinner on the weekends.
My family and I enjoy traveling and have visited countries all over the world. The pandemic has slowed this passion down, but seems to be improving every month. We love to immerse ourselves in other cultures. What a wonderful window into our world! When we are not traveling, I keep busy swimming, biking, hiking, gardening, and reading. Nothing beats a hot summer's day relaxing in the pool with a good book!
I am looking forward to getting to know all of you. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mariana Tennyson - 1st Grade Teacher
B.S. Elementary Education and Remedial Reading, Iowa State University
M.S. work in Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University and Gifted & Talented, University of St. Thomas
Reading Recovery Certificate, University of Minnesota
Gifted & Talented Certificate, University of St. Thomas