The Nature Class
Teacher: Ms. Anna
Assistant: Ms. Lisa
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About Anna: I’ve been assisting in the Pre-K classroom since 2011 and have been the lead teacher since 2016. I love every minute of it! I have two daughters that are alumni of St. Mark’s and loved the community and philosophy of the school so much, that I came back as a teacher several years after they left. My previous experience comes from teaching preschool in San Francisco and the Bay Area (where I am originally from) and teaching environmental education classes as a UC Berkeley student. I have also spent many years volunteering in TUSD as an outdoor educator and librarian.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, painting, pottery, and lots of other crafts. I love learning to do new things and trying to bring creativity and wonder into the classroom on a daily basis!
About Dominique: 2019 – 2020 will be my first year as a teaching assistant in a preschool after working as a tutor for TUSD and in a special needs program, and I couldn’t be more excited! I was born in France to British parents and started to pursue a medical degree there, but discovered a big interest in education when I moved to the US in 2017. I love the holistic approach St Mark’s has when it comes to shaping little minds, and know I will learn a great deal from everyone here. Some of my favorite things to do are finding great food around Tucson with my husband, walking our dog Simba, cooking, reading, traveling, and just spending time with friends and family.
TRY THESE WRITING AND READING IDEAS WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER!
° Leave notes for your child, even if he/she can’t really read yet. Have them “pretend write” notes back to you. Experimenting with writing is as important to becoming a writer as crawling is to walking.
° Provide special child-friendly places for reading, writing and creating art activities in your home. [Pre-school is not the only place these should be done.]
° Cook and bake with your child. Read packages and recipes together. Even write your own recipes.
° Write shopping lists together.
° Notice and talk about the print all around you, everywhere you go.
° Tell stories and listen to your child’s stories.
° Play language games. [e.g. “I spy”, “Which one doesn’t belong”, “How are these the same/ different.”]
° Read at least one book per day to your child. Talk and read about anything that interests your child.
° Listen to your child read. “Pretend” reading is important. [Go on a field trip to the library]