My name is Joanna Hartman and I am so excited to teach Kindergarten at West Hollywood Elementary School! From the first time I walked on the campus, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this school. I have taught Kindergarten in both South Korea and Czech Republic, and feel more than ready to teach in my own city. I was born on the Westside and there is no place in the world I'd rather be. I recently received my credential from Cal State LA, and am currently going for my Master's Degree in Reading Education. I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi honor society and the International Literacy Association. Above all, I am a teacher who learns: about my students, with my students, for my students, and from my students.
This is the front of the room, where we will have Community Circle every morning. During this time we will give each other morning greetings, discuss the date and weather, give each other compliments, and even talk about any conflicts that may come up. You can also see Wally and Holly, the two turtles on top of the cubbies. Each day a student will be assigned to "take care of" one of the turtles. This will be a privilege for those students.
This is the reading corner, or classroom library. Everyday after lunch, the students will have quiet reading time, where they will be able to choose a book and read silently to themselves, or quietly with a partner. This will also be a good way for me to find out what each student is interested in, and try to find more books that interest them.