Welcome to Kindergarten and First Grade PE & Music at Hillcrest Elementary School! This is my first year teaching at Hillcrest Elementary School, and I am so excited to begin this journey with you all! Prior to joining the Lake Stevens School District, I was completing my student teaching in the Everett School District, where I also worked as a Guest Teacher and as a Summer School Guest Teacher for primary grade levels.
I have a Master in Teaching degree from City University of Seattle, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Washington State University- Pullman (GO COUGS)!
When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three children. We have two sons who are in 6th and 4th grade, and a daughter who is in 1st grade. I also enjoy lattes and mochas from Starbucks, watching WSU Cougar Football, and of course- cheering on our Seattle Seahawks!
My family and me!
This year, our kindergarten and first grade friends will be learning from the Game Plan Music Curriculum. This age-appropriate curriculum teaches music through movement, dramatic play, games and stories. In other words, we will be doing a lot of singing and dancing, and having a lot of fun! Your student will be able to practice important artistic skills by participating in music class. Some of these important skills include: creating; responding; performing, presenting, and producing; and finally—connecting. I truly believe that music education is an important part of a student's learning experience, and that music not only enriches and enhances education... but also lives!
Physical education (P.E.) plays an important role in the physical, academic and social/emotional development of students. P.E. teaches even the youngest of students all about teamwork and sportsmanship, how to communicate and collaborate with their peers, and how to follow rules and procedures. P.E. not only keeps students physically active and encourages a healthy lifestyle, but it also enhances students' academic abilities by providing students with outside-of-the-classroom opportunities to problem-solve, use strategy and critical thinking skills, and to be creative!