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Kindergarten

Nancy Rowbottom

nrowbottom@omcparish.com

Kindergarten Web Page

Teaching Philosophy

My mission as a teacher is to promote positive learning and to spark an
enthusiasm for learning. It is the responsibility of the teacher to make sure that
each child feels valued and that he or she is an important member of the
classroom. I believe that every teacher must strive to create a warm and
nurturing environment so that every student feels comfortable coming to class
each day. Children need to know that they are valued for their own individual
unique personalities and talents. By incorporating Christian values into our daily
routines, we acknowledge one another’s uniqueness and become more accepting
of one another.

I also firmly believe that children learn at different rates and in different ways.
My job as your child’s teacher is to discover how your child learns best so that I
can gear my teaching to meet his/her needs. I believe that learning should be
engaging and fun but it is also hard work. Learning is accomplished in
kindergarten through socialization, play, and sparking creativity. My aim is to
engage all students in active learning through whole group, small group, and
center based learning experiences.
I do believe that the respect that I show my students is the respect that I will
receive in return. I strive to provide a positive classroom environment where
students feel supported. I strive to bring creativity and enthusiasm to my
classroom to promote a love of learning and to create lifelong learners.

Overview of Curriculum

In ELA (English Language Arts), the students are taught to read phonetically, as well as taught sight words and word families. By the end of the year, the students are expected to read and comprehend books. They are taught to expand their vocabulary and use it through speech and writing.

In Math, the students are taught to identify, count, and write numerals to 100. They are taught to compare, combine and take away sets of numbers to 10. Two- and three- dimensional figures are taught and objects are compared and measured for length and weight.

In Social Studies, we study the world around us. Community helpers are identified, holidays are studied and the map of the United States is examined.

In Religion, the students are introduced to Catholicism. They are taught about Jesus, His family and His life.

In Science, the students are taught about matter, seeds, living things and insects.

Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all students are prepared to move to the next level. Once my students advance to first grade, I work with their teacher to give insight into any strategies that may help those students make a successful transition.

 Educational Background and Experience

  • BA in History from Arcadia University with a minor in Business
  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arcadia University
  • PA certified in Elementary Education – grades K-6
  • Taught at OMC School for ten years (2006-2016) as the Fifth-Grade teacher
  • Taught at Saint Bridget Parish School for three years (2003-2006) in Grade 6
  • Assistant teacher at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy  in Grade Three
  • Taught during 2016-2017 school year as a qualified substitute in several local public school districts. Worked in all grades K-12.