Welcome to Klondike Kindergarten
My children were Klondike Nuggets before I was! My daughter, Christy, went to Purdue University and is now employed by Rolls Royce in Indianapolis. My son, Christopher, went to Indiana University and Northwestern (PhD). Chris now does medical research at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C.
I received my bachelor's degree from Trine University (Angola) and my master's degree from St. Francis University (Fort Wayne). I have taught kindergarten and first grades at Klondike since 1989. I look forward to working with your kindergartener this school year. Although technology is used increasingly more in schools with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), we focus on STEAM, with the integration of art in the curriculum. Kindergarten students still enjoy many problem-solving activities using hands-on manipulatives.
I always tell people that the best thing about teaching at Klondike is the cultural diversity of the students! I have had students from more than 20 countries over the years. It is not unusual for thirty to forty percent of my students to speak a language other than English at home. Because of these little ones, I have sought opportunities to travel myself. I have been to England, Germany, France, Japan, China, Haiti, and, of course, Canada. This enables me to enrich my teaching in ways that I would not have been able to do otherwise.
With our team effort in learning at Klondike, you will be amazed at how well your child will be reading by the end of the school year! Besides parent and classroom teacher involvement, Klondike also has paraprofessionals and community volunteers that help each child be successful at school.