Greetings! My name is Mrs. von der Lancken, and I am thrilled to be teaching 5th grade here at Watts Learning Center this year. Prior to coming to WLC, I worked for STAR, a program I know several of our students know and love! For two years, I was the Kindergarten Director for STAR at another school. Before that, I directed an after-school tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment program for middle school students in St. Louis, Missouri. After having directed after-school programs for four years, I am so excited to be moving into the classroom. I am incredibly passionate about helping all students find a genuine love of learning by creating an educational environment that is engaging, interactive, rigorous, and fun. I hold high expectations for my students because I KNOW each and every one of them is capable of great things. I am looking forward to a busy year of learning and achievement.
As for me, I am a graduate of Gonzaga University, which is located in Spokane, Washington. I earned my bachelor's degree in Psychology and minored in Music Performance for flute. I earned my elementary teaching credential at that time but have known I wanted to teach since I was in elementary school myself. In my free time, I enjoy running, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with my friends, husband, and my sweet beagle, Bella.
I plan to use this website regularly, where homework assignments, projects, and other important information will be posted. Periodically, I will post newsletters or blogs to keep you (parents) updated as to what is going on in our classroom. Please check the website for updates. Thank you for your investment in your child's education!
If you have questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. I can be reached most easily by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Day of School!
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! We have a lot to look forward to - hard work, great academic strides, exciting units of study, the 5th grade camping trip, and elementary school graduation. Wow! Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves...
Today is a very exciting day. Our class will spend a good deal of time preparing for the school year in terms of what to expect, reviewing and refreshing our minds for the 5th grade year, and getting to know one another.
Our first homework assignment is the Brown Bag Biography. Students are to collect 5 items that represent them, and put them in a brown bag (or any other bag). They will then write one sentence describing why that particular item is important to them, or represents something important. Students will have a chance to present the items from their bag in front of their classmates this week.
Here we go!