Hello to all my students and parents! Welcome to first grade at Eisenhower Elementary. I'm very excited about meeting you and welcoming you to our school. Before coming into our room, I want you to know a little more about me. I grew up just down the road in Manhattan, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University. In December, I will receive my graduate degree from Kansas State in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading Specialist endorsement. This is my sixth year teaching first grade and my fourth year at IKE.
First grade is a very important year for students. It sets the foundations for skills in reading, math, and writing. My responsibility as an educator is to create a classroom where students are inspired to create, dream and build their future. Inspiration is the key to our curiosity. When students come into my room I want them to feel safe and part of a family of learners. They will learn to find the leader within them by setting goals, communicating and cooperating with others, and developing a sense of self through our Leader in Me curriculum.
Our classroom is a place where everyone is welcome. I like to recognize cultures and traditions of my students. Each student receives a Funds of Knowledge sheet to complete. This is my opportunity to learn about your family's customs, favorite activities and invite you to contribute to our classroom. In years past, students shared their talents in teaching our class a new language. Students taught us how to count to ten in French, Spanish, German, Yoruba, Japanese, and Korean. I look forward to what your child can bring to our classroom!
Eisenhower elementary is full of students and staff that recognizes the affects of transitions, deployments and family separation. As a military wife of twelve years and mom to four military kids, I understand the ups and downs of moving and meeting new friends for your child. We are here to provide an environment that guides your child to not only soar in academics, but in leadership and life skills as well.
I look forward to meeting all of you!
It's a great day to be an IKE Eagle!