PACE classes to begin soon!

What a great start to the 2015/16 school year!

Another year older, another year wiser...or so the saying goes! While some of your children (and maybe you) would love to debate this statement, many believe this to be true. This belief that we continue to learn throughout our life and with each year get a little bit smarter or wiser is exactly the growth mindset needed to optimize student learning. As I welcomed many of our students back to school these first few days, most seemed eager to begin another year together and expressed their readiness to explore new things and learn and grow as independent problem solvers.

Again this year, I will be working with your child on enrichment and extension activities provided to support and challenge him/her in his/her classroom by their classroom teacher as part of our differentiated/responsive instructional approach to meet the needs of all students. Your child will continue to be pulled out of his/her regular classroom to work on developing and fostering their critical and creative thinking potential through differentiated activities in small flexible groups though the PACE program as a fourth grader. Through these instructional approaches, we are striving to meet the needs of all learners, and develop their talents/potential as independent problem solvers.

I am looking forward to collaborating with his/her fourth grade classroom teacher and continuing to explore his/her unique needs and talents. As the year progresses, I will be sending home additional information and updates pertaining to our classroom as needed. Additionally, I will email you again as soon as our PACE schedule is set so that you will know when I will begin meeting with your child.

Feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your support of our PACE program. I look forward to an exciting year of learning!

Four years and counting...

These past four years, I have worked with third and fourth grade students in our Pace program at each of our elementary schools in Kimberly after moving from Cary, North Carolina where I provided curriculum compacting, acceleration and enrichment to my classes of fourth and fifth grade students.However, my career began at a gifted magnet school in Florida which served first-fifth grade students with unique needs.

Many of the students can't quite figure out why I would have left the beaches of Florida for our Wisconsin winters! As an educator and as a parent, I am passionate about gifted education and excited to continue working with your child this year!

Supplies Needed each week:

  • 3 pronged pocket folder with notebook paper
  • student agenda/planner for recording PACE assignments
  • pencil

"Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success." Napoleon Hill