I am thrilled and delighted (and somewhat surprised!!!) for this to be my 24th year as a teacher. I have had the amazing opportunity to have taught in some excellent schools around the world, and feel fortunate to have found my home at The Rhoades School teaching fourth grade. This is my thirteenth year teaching at this remarkable place that I see as an extension of my home.
Prior to moving to San Diego, I taught grades K-7 at The American School of Milan, Italy, The International School of Copenhagen (1st-9th Grades) and the International School of Monaco, France, where I taught a 3rd/4th combination class. I also worked several years teaching elementary school in Santa Barbara at a charter and private school. I am from a childhood abroad. My father, a geologist, worked for the United Nations, this took us to the far corners of the earth. I was born in Australia and I lived and traveled to many different countries throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East (Sri Lanka being my favorite adopted home). I have many fond memories of hiding from stonethrowing devilish monkeys, shooing boisterous parrots out of our kitchen, and being captivated by the enormous number of passengers that could fit in, and on, a public bus. I feel lucky to have had a childhood that not only showed me the great magic and wonder of the world, but has also helped me to develop a sense of compassion, acceptance, and service.
I went to high school, undergraduate and graduate school in Santa Barbara, California. I have a BA in Liberal Arts (emphasis in psychology/art) and a MS in Organizational Management from Antioch University. Additionally, I have a MA in Elementary Education from Nova Southwestern University, Florida. I also hold a Professional Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-6), an ESL Teaching Certificate, and a GATE Teaching Certificate.
I love teaching because I am able to spend my day with curious, loving, and interesting people. My students ask questions I have never thought of before and help me to see the world from a very delightful and interesting perspective. What could be better?
Organization is a big part of the fourth grade curriculum and students will be using an agenda to record homework for the first time this year. I will be teaching the students how to use this organizational tool. The agenda is provided by the school.
Snacks- It is extremely important that each child brings a healthy snack to eat during morning recess. Fourth graders eat lunch at 12:20p.m. which is a bit later than in previous years and they tend to get hungry!
School begins promptly at 8:25- The classrooms will open at 8:20am for students to be ready to begin class directly following the flag ceremony at 8:30. Students will be considered tardy after 8:25am.
Drop Off-As your child enters the fourth grade, please encourage him\her to enter the classroom independently, on time, and with all school supplies. Similar to third grade, students are also asked to say good-bye to their parents at morning car pool or in the courtyard.
Dismissal- Please see the All School Emails from Rhoades School about dismissal procedures to start the year. Thanks!!
I am looking forward to a great year together full of learning and laughter.