Second Grade Classrooms


In her tenth year of teaching at Eagle Ridge, Jill Cahenzil spent two years in health and from then on her home has been second and third grade. Jill’s favorite part of teaching second grade has been seeing students mature as readers and writers. She relishes in the ahh-haa moments and is amazed at how caring and lovable students are in second grade. When asked to give advice to parents of secondgraders-Jill suggest to parents “Perseverance is a tough, but important lesson.  It's hard to watch kids "fail" or "not get" something.  Encouraging them to try, try, and try again is when we see the BEST results!”  In her spare time Jill enjoys baking, playing volleyball, watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.

George Banchero loves school and always has! George began working with kids when he worked parks and recreation in high school and knew that he loved kids then. Second grade is the perfect setting for George; he finds this age group charming, loving, eager, still open and free. His advice for parents is simple: “Cultivate your relationship with your child's teachers. Teachers are most effective with those students whose parents support teachers and work in unison with them.” George carves out time to read and to exercise.  His family and friends are very important to him, as well.

This veteran teacher of twenty plus years,  Heidi Crepeau loves ERE!  She appreciates the families here and the support the community and administration gives teachers.  Heidi has mostly taught primary aged children.  Each grade level offers different “bests” about them.  What she appreciates most about second grade students is the independence they achieve, the desire they have to do things for themselves, how they begin enjoying conversations with each other, their new found understanding of humor, and how they begin to shift from learning to read to reading to learn.  According to Heidi, “My second graders teach me new things every day!” When not at Eagle Ridge, Heidi  likes to spend time with her family.  They enjoy hanging out together, being in the mountains, skiing, and finding new little hidden fun places to visit in Colorado.  She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends.

A Colorado native, Allie went Cherry High School and then completed her bachelor and master’s degrees at Colorado State University, GO RAMS! Allie Ambrosia found her calling when she worked with toddlers in a part-time job in college. She knew then that teaching was for her! Allie “loves student’s eagerness to learn which in turn brings her joy and energy.” In her second year of teaching, Allie made the jump from kindergarten to second grade. Allie sees the biggest difference is that second graders are more independent and have the foundation to explore deeper concepts. In her free time, Allie loves to hang out with her friends and family, and her two cats-Mister and Mama Bear.