Mrs. Colburn's

Second Grade

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My name is Lisa Colburn. This is my second year at Peterborough Elementary School and I am so excited to be moving up to Second Grade! My grandparents lived in Peterborough when I was a child, and I visited them all the time. I feel like I’ve come full circle now that I’m teaching here.

I live in Weare with my husband and two children. My son is 16 and my daughter is 10. We have 3 cats and 3 chickens. We spend a lot of time outside in all seasons. We love to swim, go boating, ride jet skis, snowshoe, ride snowmobiles, and go sledding!

My absolute favorite thing to do is read! I read all the time, anywhere I can. I also love to cook, play board games, and spend time with my family and friends. (I also really love finding new activities to do with my kiddos in my classroom!)

I’m looking forward to a great year!


My Philosophy of Education

I believe a teacher should make all children feel welcomed, comfortable and safe in their learning environment. It is important that the teacher respect the children and set the expectation that the teacher will be respected as well. The teacher should support the whole child, meeting the child where he or she is, and moving them forward, meeting their individual needs. I believe that learning does not stop when the child leaves school for the day, but by developing a solid connection with the families the learning process can continue outside the classroom.

I believe a teacher should kindle a passion for learning in their students. I believe all achievements should be celebrated in the classroom. I believe in nurturing and supporting children, guiding them through discoveries as they search for answers. Hands-on activities are the best way for this to occur.

I believe in always being fair, but not always being equal. Every child receives what they need. I have clear expectations for every student, I set clear limits, and I am consistent when rules are broken. Children know they simply made a mistake and they will try harder next time.

I believe in self-reflection and work to teach this difficult skill to my students. I believe in encouraging my students to become responsible, respectful members of our classroom community through our morning meeting, positive reinforcement, and Responsive Classroom techniques.