Mrs. Lovern's and Mrs. Spingola's

First Grade Class!

Welcome to First Grade! Please read our back to school letter below!

Dear Families,

Welcome to first grade at Grant K-8! We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

My name is Michelle Lovern. I am one of your child’s teachers! This is my 37th year of teaching. Both of my children attended Grant and I am thrilled to work at my neighborhood school. My son Drew is 22 and just graduated from University of Oregon and my daughter Madeline is 23 and also graduated from U of O. We are big DUCKS fans! She is currently in grad school working on her Occupational Therapy degree. I have taught grades K-5 spending most of my years in the primary grades. For ten years, when my children were younger, I was fortunate enough to job share so I do have experience with this format. It fosters a collaborative atmosphere, enhances accountability, and reduces burnout. We are so excited to be able to job share and work as a team!

My name is Monica Spingola and I am excited to be one of your child’s teachers! I have taught for 18 years in the San Diego Unified School District, with the majority of those years being at Grant. I have taught kindergarten, first grade, and third grade. I really enjoy working in this community, and I'm looking forward to collaborating with you, as family members, and Mrs. Lovern, as co-teacher, to ensure that your child has a successful year in first grade. I am a mom to a 16 month old boy (Adrian) and my husband (Mike) works as a kindergarten teacher, also in the San Diego Unified School District. I understand the challenges and concerns that come along with distance learning, but I feel confident that Mrs. Lovern and I are prepared to provided a challenging yet flexible curriculum during this unprecedented time.

We also work with the other first grade teachers, Ms. Harris and Mrs. Kidder. First grade is a paramount year in education and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to guide your child through a year of learning and growth!

We were really hoping to be able to be back in the classroom with our students for the new school year. We will do our best to make online learning easily accessible for both you and your child.

It is important to understand that the instructional methods we will use are meant to ensure all our students have an opportunity to continue their academic growth. However, the instructional program we have been preparing will not, of course, exactly resemble traditional in-class instructional activities. Our goal is to provide students with a positive academic experience while not overwhelming parents and guardians. Both teachers and students will need to adapt to a new definition of the instructional process. We will work closely together with you to make this year a success. We have been building the curriculum with three things in mind:

  • Most parents will still be working full-time throughout this “online learning” period.

  • Many households have multiple school-age children.

  • Many parents and guardians have not been trained to provide the kind of instructional support that students often need.

Some daily instruction will be live using Zoom. Some daily instruction will be recorded and shared via the online platform Seesaw, so parents that may need more flexibility with the daily schedule will have it. In addition to whole group and small group instruction, we will be working 1:1 with your child. This will give us a chance to get to know you and your child and you will get to know us! Every day you will be using this zoom ID and password:

All children should be attending online school unless they are ill. We appreciate students being on time, prepared, and attending school regularly.

We are anticipating a wonderful year of success and learning. We are excited that your child is in our classroom and look forward to working with you, as partners in education, in order to best serve your child. We are passionate about teaching, thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child and proud to be teachers! Thank you in advance for your support.

In closing, we share this quote with you. It is by Emily W. King and this is her perspective as a parent: “What we are being asked to do is not humanly possible. There is a reason we are either a working parent, a stay-at-home parent or a part time working parent. Working, parenting and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It's not hard because you are doing it wrong, it's hard because it's too much. Do the best you can.”


Mrs. Lovern & Mrs. Spingola