Hello! We are Laura Hoffman and Sheri Lenegan and we have the privilege of teaching 1st Grade together. We are thrilled to be working at Mountain Charter School and to be surrounded by amazing students, families and colleagues. Our hearts are in the classroom and we can’t think of a better classroom to be in! We are so excited to be working with your kiddos and each other. This year of 1st grade our room will be full of double the love, learning, adventures, laughs, glitter, communication, and teachers of course! It is our goal to ensure your child feels safe, loved, and is excited about learning, growing, and discovering new things.
Ms. Laura: In July 2013, my dog, Gypsy, and I packed up a UHaul and moved to Flagstaff from Chico, California. In California, I received a Bachelors of Arts in Communication as well as a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in grades K-8. In California I taught 2nd grade, worked with grades K-12, created curriculum for K-6th and was the Director of an after school program. Here at Mountain School, I have had the amazing opportunity to be the Fit Kids Instructor, which allowed me to work with all of the students on campus. Being a teacher and being able to work with so many different age-levels has been a fabulous experience. In 2014, I was thrilled to take on the fantastic role of the 1st grade teacher at Mountain School.
This year has been a very special one for myself and my husband, Dean. On March 19th we ecstatically welcomed our daughter, Aislin to the world! What an amazing ride it has been! When I’m not at Mountain School, I enjoy spending time with Aislin and Dean, running with our dogs, Gypsy and Mariah, rock climbing, and exploring all of the beauty that Flagstaff has to offer.
Ms. Sheri: I graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997 with a degree in Anthropology then completed a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program. I began my teaching career in the Peoria Unified School District then moved to Flagstaff in 2002 where I taught at South Beaver Elementary School. I was an elementary classroom teacher for 8 years (both 1st grade and 4th grade.) When my daughters were young, I stayed home with them but began subbing at Mountain School in 2014. Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to teach the first grade class while Ms. Laura was on maternity leave. We discovered how well we work together! I love this school and this classroom and am so excited to be in here with your children!
Outside of school, I am busy with my family! Together we enjoy bike riding, going for walks, swimming, cooking, listening to music, and READING.
1st grade is such a special year. We believe it is key to offer every possible learning outlet to children and to find which approaches suit them best. We feel it is important to teach with hands-on activities and relate back to the child and the community around them as much as possible. We are looking forward to working with your child, your family, and the Mountain School community. It will be a wonderful 1st grade year! Our classroom is a place where your child will learn, be loved, explore, grow, have fun, laugh, feel safe, and be part of an amazing community!
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