Hello! My name is Catherine Roeder (pronounced "Raider"). I will be your first grade teacher this year. I am excited to get started for the 2009-2010 school year. Here's a little bit of information about my family... I grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. My father and brother are truck drivers and my mother is a nurse. My parents and brother (along with his family) still live in MN. My parents are now retired and do the "snowbird thing" -- they spend summers in MN and winter in AZ. Before becoming a teacher, I was a nanny and a baker.
I received my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. I earned my Master's degree in Teaching from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
I have been teaching at Garehime since it opened in 1998. I have taught both first and second grade. I look forward to another exciting year in first grade!
I believe first grade is one of the MOST important years in a child's education. I get such a thrill when I see a child's face light up when they discover something new or realize "I CAN READ!" In first grade, I believe, we continue to strengthen the foundation that was started in Kindergarten. The stronger this foundation is, the stronger and more confident the child will be as he/she faces the rest of their educational careers. I love learning and I hope to help nurture that same sense of wonder and excitement in your child!
I am engaged to Al, a children's birthday party magician and family entertainer. We have two pets -- Mittens (cat) and Pocus, Jr., (the magically appearing bunny rabbit)!
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