My name is Helen Schulz and I am very excited to be teaching Kindergarten again this school year!
I graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1991, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Since then, I have enjoyed teaching 1st grade and Kindergarten in Winslow Public Schools (8 years), Flagstaff Public Schools (4 years), and Mountain School (7 years). I also worked part time as a small group Reading instructor at Mountain School.
I have been married for 24 years to my wonderful husband, Randy. We have four children, 2 sons (20 and 18), who are both Mountain School alumni, and twin daughters (10). They will be starting 5th grade at Mountain School this year.
I am certified in Collaborative Literacy Intervention Project (CLIP), a method used to teach early readers. I use many CLIP strategies in my teaching curriculum because the strategies are effective in helping young children become successful readers. Also, I recently completed the first phase of LETRS training, and will be taking an Intel Math class at NAU later this summer. Through my trainings and experiences, I have developed several effective teaching methods, and continue to gain new strategies to enhance the learning in my classroom.
I look forward to a wonderful school year, and gaining new experiences with my students and their families.
My philosophy as a Kindergarten teacher begins with understanding that each child is a unique and special individual. I balance a structured curriculum and classroom environment with student’s needs to optimize the learning time that we have together. Since reading readiness is very important in early grades, my curriculum is focused around “Letter of the Week”. I integrate reading, phonemic awareness/ phonics, math, writing, science, social studies, art, and music themes around the “Letter of the Week”. I provide many hands on activities to help reinforce the skills being taught. I will be using the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards as a guide for developing my lesson plans in each of these areas.
Kindergarten students also have Music, Art, Spanish, Creative Movement, and P.E. (Fit Kids) which explores loco-motor skills, basketball, soccer, and group games in a fun and noncompetitive environment. These specialized programs enhance the student’s learning here at Mountain School.