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Kin-2nd Teacher  

 
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Kristie Speir, BA in Elementary Education

 Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:16

 Maximum Class Size: 16

 Ages of Children: 5-8 years

 

Personal Background:

 I recently returned home to Spokane after living in Oregon for more than 10 years and in Texas for a short amount of time.  I graduated from Mead High School and WSU where I received a BA in Education.  I also have an Early Childhood Endorsement.  I taught all-day Kindergarten for two years before being blessed with the amazing opportunity to stay home with my two daughters, Hailee and Mia.  Then, I gained valuable experience working as a substitute teacher here, and now this is my seventh year teaching at North Wall.  I also have a young son, Cutler, who attends school at North Wall.  I spend my spare time volunteering in my daughters’ classes, watching my oldest play soccer and participating in activities with my extended family.  I have enjoyed returning to my roots as an educator and am excited to be working at North Wall.

Philosophy of Teaching

As an educator, I believe it is my role to acknowledge and understand that every child is a unique and talented individual.  It is my responsibility to provide a learning environment that nurtures and encourages each child’s strengths providing them with the opportunity to feel successful. My classroom is a warm, loving and positive environment that encourages the development of life long learners.  Materials and lessons are presented to the children are developmentally appropriate ad encourage each child to learn at his/her own pace.

Goals for the Class:

  • Nurture the love of learning in each child
  • Promote independent learning
  • Help students gain success in self-discipline
  • Help students grow in their strengths & interests
  • Promote respect of self, others, and our environment
  • Provide challenging and interesting, developmentally appropriate activities
  • Provide a positive educational experience

Class Schedule:

 9:00 – Morning Meeting

 9:30 – Literacy, social studies and art learning centers and morning snack

10:30 – Clean up and project sharing

11:00 – PE

11:30 -- Closing circle

12:00 -- Lunch

12:30 – Read aloud, circle

1:00 -- Math, science and technology learning centers and afternoon snack

2:00 -- Recess

 2:30 – Journal and silent reading

 2:45 – Clean, daily news, closing circle

 3:00 - Dismissal