Welcome to Room 223! It is with great honor and excitement that I get to begin the school year with you all as the next teacher in your child’s life. I will be one of many educators in their journey, facilitating both chances to explore the world around them and opportunities to make meaningful connections from those experiences. The lessons most meaningful will be made possible in partnership with their first teachers, all of you. As such, I look forward to working closely with you towards the individual goals of each student.
As some of you may know I completed my student teaching last spring under the guidance of Mrs. O’Harra, in Room 221. It was my experience with those students and families, our teaching team, and this amazing school, that compelled me to extend my passion into this new opportunity for us all. My degree program was with UAA in elementary education, which was a rewarding experience, supplemented by an exploration of Alaska. My wife and I moved to Anchorage seven years ago from Montana where we grew up, seeking the limitless adventure the Last Frontier holds, and we have been finding it by means of camping, backpacking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing amongst other ways.
While studying at UAA, I have also been working as an Interpretive Forest Ranger for the Chugach National Forest where I have had the opportunity to communicate my passion for the Alaskan outdoors to people of all ages. I am based out of the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center so if you are in Portage Valley, make sure to stop in to say hello! In fact, it’s a special year this year for fourth graders, as part of the “Every Kid in a Park” program, this age group and their families recreate for free on our national public lands! For more info visit https://everykidinapark.gov
This school year we have all sorts of amazing topics to explore. Mathematics will utilize Montessori materials and methods as well as GoMath curriculum, and will be the most individualized part of our class in order to “follow the child.” In Science we will be delving into topics such as salmon, circuits and pathways, and earth systems. Reading, writing, and language studies will be an important part of each day through individual, small group, and class wide activities. Our cultural studies will be a point of focus as well as integrated throughout each day and will study topics including current events, social justice, and citizenship in the context of our story of the United States.
I hope that in the coming days and weeks I get a chance to meet you all, and get to know you as the year progresses. In an effort to make this more possible, I am inviting you all to a classroom orientation the second week of school where we will have a chance to meet and discuss in more depth things like classroom routines, expectations, opportunities, and allow time for further questions you may have. This will be in addition to the school-wide open house.
I am very excited about these months to come, and know you are all critical to the success of this future. As such, please feel free to contact me via text, call, or email about anything, even if just to say hello. I have created a website for our classroom to open another line of communication and post updates to at http://mrbrentsclass.weebly.com/ Together, lets have a great year!
Mr. Brent (Ramsay)