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First Grade Team

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Kelly Garey 1st grade

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

I love teaching, because I get to work with wonderful kids and adults. 

Q3: Who is your favorite author?

My favorite author is Gregory Maguire. 

Q4: What is your favorite evening activity?

I love to watch movies with my family. 

Q5: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

My favorite holiday is Halloween, because it lets me be a kid again. 

Q6: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

My favorite teacher from grade school is Mrs. Yamamoto for teaching me to be honest. 

Q7: What is your favorite subject to teach? As always give your why?

Everyone knows that my favorite subject to teach is science, because I love to watch students get excited; especially when I take them into the Starlab. 

Q8: On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are?

On a scale of 1 - 10, I am probably a 5 on the funny scale.

Q9: What is your favorite teaching moment?

My favorite teaching moment was when I was teaching 3rd grade about Native Americans. We were going to make canoes, and I had a template cut out on my desk. One of my students picked it up and asked if we were going to make telephones (that was before cellphones). 

Q10: What inspired you to become a teacher?

When I was a junior at Boise High, I was allowed to take a teacher aide class. I got to go every afternoon to a kindergarden class, and be her aide. I loved every minute of it, and it inspired me to become a teacher.

 
 
 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Natalie Billquist 1st grade teacher

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

My favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to know my students and their families. I like knowing the whole student and celebrating their successes in and outside of school. It is so fun to see them grow older and come back to say hi. I also enjoy creating new games and activities for my classroom.

 Q3: Who is your favorite author?

For kids I love the Gerald and Piggy books by Mo Willems. They are simple for first graders but fun and funny with expressive emotion. As for personal reading, my favorite author is Jane Austen. I'm a girly girl and a sucker for a good historical romance.

Q5: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday. It is a time where my whole family gets together to sled, bake, play, and make fun memories.

 Q4: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

My favorite teacher was my second grade teacher Mrs. Richter. She was so much fun and would play the guitar and sing silly songs with us. She also cared about each of us and made it known on a regular basis.

 Q5: What is your favorite subject to teach? As always give your why?

I love teaching math. Math in first grade involves a lot of hands-on learning, especially through games. I love playing fun games with my students and watching them learn without even knowing it.

 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Emily Hawkins 1st Grade Teacher

 Q2: What is your favorite thing about your career?

My favorite thing about my career is the fact that every day is completely different. There are no two days that are ever alike.

Q3: What is your favorite evening activity?

I really enjoy making dinner, going on a walk with my husband and dog, and then relaxing by watching TV or reading a book.

 Q4: What's your favorite holiday? Why?

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the decorations, the lights, the food, and that all my family is together.

 Q5: Who is your favorite teacher from grade school? Why?

My favorite teacher from grade school was Mrs. Hayashida. She was my first and second grade teacher at Washington Elementary, here in Caldwell. She was always very calm and kind.

Q6: What inspired you to become a teacher?

All of my excellent teachers growing up inspired me to become a teacher. I always looked up to my teachers and wanted to be just like them when I grew up.

 
Q1: First and last name. Along with Position at the school.

Amy Gonzalez- 1st grade Teacher

Q2: Who is your favorite author?

Diana Gabaldon

 Q3: What is your favorite evening activity?

I love sitting around in my pajamas, relaxing with my family.

 

 
Heather Elliot
 
Tessi Lindley