First Grade Teacher – Ms. Danielle Boland – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first grade program provides a framework for children to develop a love of reading, writing and math. Students work together on cooperative projects and multi-sensory learning activities, where they explore their independence and build self-confidence. This year, the students will enjoy reading a variety of children’s literature, exploring our community around us and working on fun group projects. It’s important that the students know we are a TEAM, learning to work with one another and help each other. Students will learn different content areas while enhancing their reading skills, working with hands on math manipulatives, and celebrating holidays and birthdays.
English Language Arts – Students will gain reading fluency, becoming strong readers and writers. They will learn about story elements, including characters, setting, beginning, middle, end and the main idea of the story. The spelling program will focus on patterns, blends, prefixes and suffixes. Students will work in small reading groups where they will explore their reading levels and enjoy reading a variety of stories independently.
Math – Students will understand concepts of number sense, place value, addition, subtraction, shapes, measurements, and problem solving.
Social Studies – Students will learn about neighborhoods, community helpers, and their own community. Students will learn about different celebrations and holidays around their town, their state, and their country.
Religion – Students will learn about God and how to show God’s love toward one another. Students will read stories from the Bible and learn about kindness, love and support for their community and friends. We will celebrate God’s love in our lives and how we can share that love with those around us.
First graders also attend weekly enrichment classes taught by specialist teachers including Technology, Spanish, Music, Art, Library, Science Lab, and Physical Education.
About Danielle Boland:
I am so excited to be back at St. Isabella School as the First Grade Teacher. I grew up in Lucas Valley and am a proud alumnus of St. Isabella, having graduated in 2001. I have known that I wanted to become a teacher since I was in Mrs. McGuinn’s 4th grade class. After graduating from 8th grade, I attended Marin Catholic High School, and from there, continued my education at Whittier College in Southern California, receiving a B.A. in Child Development. Once I completed my B.A., I attended Dominican University and received my Dual Teaching Credential with a Multiple Subjects and Educational Specialist Credential. After a few years of teaching, I decided to go back to school and received my Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University in May 2016.
I have been teaching for the past six years at Saint Brigid School in San Francisco. I taught First grade for five years and was the Resource Teacher for one year. I absolutely love teaching first grade! It’s the best age group, where the students are growing and learning so much.
I am so excited to join this amazing school community and look forward to meeting everyone and getting to know all of the students!
Please email me if you have any questions.