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Mrs. Strecker's First Grade


Welcome to your 2017-2018 first grade year at Highland Park Elementary.  You will love it!  The HPE community is kind, welcoming and supportive.  This is my 25th year of teaching and my sixth year at Highland Park Elementary.  I am looking forward to another successful year.

I grew up in St. Paul.  I attended St. Anthony Park Elementary, Murray Junior High and Como Park High School.  I graduated in Elementary Ed at St. Thomas University and received my Master's Degree from Hamline University.  I have taught every grade from Pre K through fifth grade.  I have a special love for first grade.  The students grow so much in first grade.  The students progress in their reading, learn math and begin to express their ideas in writing.  You will be amazed at your child’s academic, emotional and physical growth this year.

My family and I spend a lot of time up north and playing sports.  My husband, Dave and I have three boys.  I have twins, Bo and Easton who are in ninth grade.  My youngest son, Max is a sixth grader.  This summer, we golfed, went up north and watched a lot of baseball.  In my free time, I like to bake/cook, watch movies, scrapbook and go for walks.  I am sure you will hear lots of stories about my family this year.

The first graders will love exploring our IB Units of Inquiry.  The students will be able to ask questions, share their knowledge and experiences, and find ways to act on what they have learned.  During the first month of school, we will focus on the IB Attitudes and Learner Profile.  We will revisit and incorporate the attitudes and characteristics all year long.  Your family can help enrich the students’ experiences by sharing your strengths and knowledge around our units of inquiry with your child and our class.  We are always looking for family members/friends to bring in items that pertain to our units of inquiry or to come in and share.  For example, we had a parent who was an architect come in to talk during our "Shelters" unit.  A grandmother who was a microbiologist presented during our "Microbes" unit.  Feel free to contact me throughout the year with ideas, insights, questions and concerns.  It will be fun to work together this year!