Please allow me to introduce myself as your new fifth-grade teacher. I also coach Cross Country and Track & Field. I sincerely and eagerly look forward to getting to know you this year, and I hope you are as eager as I am to start the 2018-2019 school year.
Here’s a little bit about my background. This will be my eighth year as an educator and my fourth year at The Rhoades School! I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but moved to California as a young adult to pursue my many hobbies and attended California State University San Marcos (Go Cougars!). During my earlier college years, I focused on early childhood, teaching preschool for six years, and then onto elementary education. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal studies with a depth of study in Anthropology, and now hold a California clear credential. I began my teaching career in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Fortunately, I found The Rhoades School. I am delighted to be here and a part of this fabulous campus with its fine tradition and warm spirit. My husband, Russ and I live in Carlsbad and enjoy running in local races, skiing, and attending concerts in our spare time. Also, I am excited to have my daughter Elyssa join The Rhoades School as a kindergartner.
Looking ahead, fifth grade will be one of the best years at Rhoades for your child. Students will work on gaining independence, have opportunities to discuss mature topics, and will learn to successfully contribute in project-based assignments to name a few skills. From the first day of school, we will work together to build an efficient and cohesive team where everyone is supportive of one another including students, parents, and teachers.
To prepare for our eventual transition into middle school, the primary goal of 5th grade is to provide a supportive learning environment filled with academic rigor and purpose while cultivating independence and responsibility. Mr. Molenkamp and I have planned a rich year-long curriculum that includes challenging and engaging projects and lessons.
As we begin our journey this year, I look forward to learning more about each of you. Our first assignment will be built for just that purpose! I anticipate a fantastic year of learning and truly look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, September 4th.
For the class supply list, please click on the Resources section below.
With a warm welcome to all new and returning parents and students,