Welcome to Kindergarten at Gold Rush Elementary. My name is Stephanie Brown and I will be your child’s Kindergarten teacher. Kindergarten is the first year of formal education that a child receives, and I am honored to be part of the journey with you and your family. This year your child will develop into a reader, writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a good friend, and a student! Talk about new beginnings! I am continually amazed by the brilliance of 5 and 6 year olds! They learn quickly, are curious, and have fun doing so. They truly are amazing!
Throughout the year your child will learn many academic concepts. We will learn about letters, words, and numbers. Students will do tons of reading, writing, and math. We will study the relationship between the earth and sun, force and motion, and lots about animals. We will learn about the 7 continents, how to be a good citizen and a little about the sequencing of historical events. Most importantly, we will work hard to establish a love for learning, thinking, and how to be part of a classroom community.
I am sure you are curious about me, as I will be spending lots of time with you and your child. I earned my teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado, then immediately earned a Masters Degree in Literacy from The University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2004 I became National Board Certified in Literacy. I have been teaching for 18 years, with 14 of those years at the Kindergarten level. In addition to teaching Kindergarten I have worked as a reading specialist in first grade, and currently serve as the RtI specialist (Response to Intervention Specialist) here at Gold Rush for Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. I love Kindergarten, the newness, the energy of both students and families, the incredible amount of learning that occurs is inspiring.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family. I am married and have three children. Ellianna is 16 and will be a senior at Legend High School. Clara is 14 and will be a freshman at Legend. Kellen, is 8 and will be in 3rd grade here at Gold Rush. In my spare time I enjoy doing anything outdoors, exercising, practicing yoga, traveling, watching football (GO BUFFS!), learning, and carpooling my children to and from their activities. Truth be told, I spend the majority of my time outside of school in the car with my kids, but one can dream right? I love a challenge and enjoy learning anything new.
I look forward to working with you and your child in the upcoming school year! If you have questions over the summer, please feel free to email me at Stephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org.