I am so excited to be in my 17th year working at St. Pius X! I began as a teacher’s aide in Kindergarten, and loved working in the classroom so much that I got certified to teach Early Childhood. I co-taught the 4 year old preschool class with Mrs. Debbie Heinrichs, and 9 years ago I was asked to start the 3 year old program. I love the 3 year olds - never a dull moment! I am blessed to have the most wonderful, helpful, caring assistant in Mrs. Lisa Bierig.
I am originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, where I attended Catholic schools from 1st to 12th grade. I moved here when I was 18 to attend the University of Tulsa and majored in Psychology. I have been married for 27 years to my husband Sam, who is a big help in fixing and building things for our classroom. My two children are both St. Pius X and Bishop Kelley graduates. My son Cameron is 24 and lives and works in Tulsa. My daughter Allie is 22 and a recent graduate of the University of Missouri. She now works for SPX as an aide in Mrs. Heinrichs' 4 year old preschool class and in the after care program as well. We have a very old and spoiled dog named Buddy. In my free time, I love to read, watch tons of college football, and spend time with my family.
I love teaching 3 year olds. Our classroom is filled with laughter, love, and lots of learning. We learn through play and hands-on activities, and we love to spend time outside. Academics are introduced, but much of our time is spent developing socialization skills, such as sharing, taking turns, listening, and following directions.
Welcome Back to School!
We are off and running in Preschool with 20 awesome kids. Here are some pictures from the first few weeks of school!
We had 27 plus visitors for Grandparent's Day. What a great time!
All Tuckered Out!
Whew, sometimes we get so busy at school that we just need a really good nap. And sometimes it's hard to wake up when nap time is over!
Happy Birthday, Isabelle!
Isabelle turned 4 and brought some yummy cupcakes. The kids just couldn't resist showing off their colored tongues!
One of our favorite PE activities is going through the obstacle course. Here are some great pics of us having fun!
Colors and Shapes
We had so much fun learning about colors and shapes. We sorted fruit loops and did a color science experiment. We made shapes with shaving cream and our bodies. We sang the Hokey Pokey Shape Up song.
We shucked corn and made muddy pigs!
We had so much fun learning all about fire safety. We practiced crawling low under smoke, Stop Drop and Roll, and 911. And The four year old preschool classes invited us to their firefighter presentation.
Here are some fun pictures from our apple week. We tried balancing apples like in the book Ten Apples Up on Top but found that balancing bean bags was much easier. We measured with apples and had an apple tasting feast.
Pumpkins and Halloween
We had a great time learning all about pumpkins-how they grow from seeds to flowering plants to pumpkins. We examined the inside of a pumpkin and made a class jack-o-lantern. We made a yummy pumpkin pudding. During Halloween week we watched the costume parade and attended a singing program. We made banana ghosts and witch hat snacks and sang lots of fun Halloween songs. We played Save the Letters in which we rescued letters caught in a spider web we made from yarn. We capped off the week with Bedlam Dress Day.
Pets, Thanksgiving, Bears, Castles and Fairy Tales
Time for an update, so here is a random assortment of recent pictures.
Please enjoy our Christmas pics of our Night Before Christmas Pajama Day and Christmas Party Day!
Surprise Visit From Santa!
On our Pajama Day we were so surprised to see Santa waiting for us outside our classroom. What a special treat for all!
Indoor Winter Fun!
Here we are having an indoor snowball fight (with toilet paper snowballs), skating with paper plates, and making snow angels.
Feast of the Epiphany
We learned about how the three wise men followed the star and traveled far to bring special gifts to baby Jesus, the newborn king. Then we took turns acting out the story.
P. E. Fun
We love going to PE with Mrs. Dvoracek. Here are a few recent pictures.
100th Day of School
We had so much fun celebrating! We counted to 100 and changed our counting caterpillar into a butterfly. We made a train of 100 unifix cubes. We made 100 day crowns and ate cupcakes.
Catholic Schools Week
What a busy and fun week! We made it through a two hour talent show, had lots of fun dress up days (including dress as a saint or religious person, and we collected 24 food items for Catholic Charities. We took the food to the church along with handmade cards.
We got our fill of sweets this month with five February birthdays! We now have five more four-year-olds in our class!
Dr. Seuss Week
Here are some pictures of us making and eating green eggs and ham, dressing up for Wacky Wednesday and Dr. Seuss characters for our parade through the school!
Chinese New Year
Here are a few pics from Chinese New Year Week. We danced to Chinese music using parasols and scarves. Also here we are dressed in red for Valentine's Day.
Wild West Week
We had a wonderful time during Wild West Week! We capped it off with a stick horse rodeo and "roasting" marshmallows around our pretend campfire while having a sing along. Cute, cute cowgirls and cowboys!
Here are some pictures from our volcano experiments and dinosaur fun in the gym. I love all of their expressions! There is nothing else quite like the magic of vinegar and baking soda.
Police Officer Visit
Officer Tony Martinez, Lucas's grandfather, visited our class to tell us all about being a police officer! The kids got to see his cool car and work the lights!
Cinco de Mayo
We made sombreros and ponchos, and we got to break open a pinata! We also danced to Mexican music and ate treats from a real Mexican bakery (thank you to Leanna's family)!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Thank you so much for an awesome week of treats and surprises. Here are a few pictures from the week along with pictures from some of our May birthday celebrations.