My name is Gina Andress and I have
the privilege of teaching the 1st Grade class this
year. Few are the jobs where one can experience innocence,
curiosity, and joy on a daily basis. I feel lucky to share my
students' enthusiasm and interest in learning.
I hope to help
them make their early experiences in school good ones, and to help
them develop a passion for learning that will last throughout their
lived in Flagstaff for ten years. I attended
Northern Arizona University, and received a degree
in Elementary Education in 1997. I taught
preschool and pre-kindergarten for a year.
When my first child arrived, I chose to be a
full-time mom for the next four years. I've been
interested in teaching at Mountain School since I
first heard about it years ago, and feel lucky to be
a part of the wonderful staff and the positive
atmosphere here. I cannot think of a better
way to begin my career again after the wonderful
time I've had with my children at home.
At the 1st Grade level, I feel
it is important to teach with hands-on activities and to relate
everything back to the child as much as possible. We try to
look at the world and see the impact we make in big ways and
small. I use a variety of methods, and believe that each child
is an individual with his or her own needs and personal style.
We do lots of cooperative learning and try new things all the time,
but I strive as an educator to really know each student in my class
and reach them in the best possible way as an individual. 1st
Grade gives children a foundation for school establishing
the routines and rules we must all learn in order to create our best
environment for learning. My goal is to empower children and
help them develop confidence in their abilities and their