Third Grade Teacher
Favorite verse: Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:16
Education Background: I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis in Genetics and spent many years in the Biotech Industry. My 3 lovely children were my focus for the next season and I enjoyed homeschooling them.
Educational Experience: I joined Hillcrest in 2021 teaching 5th grade. It is a great joy to watch the students grow, see them walking the campus, and hear their stories. I have taught 3rd grade for the past 2 years and enjoy applying all my skills gained over the years as well as learning new tools to help my students be successful.
All About Me: My journey with the Lord has had many chapters. The great privilege and responsibility of training up the next generation keeps me in daily prayer. I believe students have an excellent community and team of believers here at Hillcrest. I enjoy spending time with my children, reading, painting, and running.
Teacher(s): Mary Wilson & Jami Casas
Third grade is often considered a pivotal year in your child’s educational journey. Instruction in phonics is phased out and increased emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition, comprehension strategies, text analysis, language conventions, and writing. Hillcrest third grade students will learn to use context as an independent vocabulary strategy. They are learning to refer to information in the text when asking and answering questions about texts they have read. They will also apply analysis strategies to determine the theme or central message of text.
In mathematics, your child will deepen their understanding of place value and their knowledge of & skill with addition, subtraction, and multiplication of whole numbers. Your child will also develop an understanding of fractions as numbers, concepts of area and perimeter of plane figures, and attributes of various shapes.
In Social Studies we will cover the geography of our local region, American Indians in our region, how communities have changed over time, as well as American citizens, symbols and government.
For Science, this year is filled with the exploration of energy, matter and light. As well as investigation and experimentation relating adaptation to the survival and fitness of the organism. Your student will become familiar with the patterns and movements of the Sun, Moon, and stars—both as those bodies actually move and as they appear to move when viewed from Earth.
Most importantly, third grade will also be the year for students to develop a strong Biblical worldview. We will begin to explore what God and the Bible have to say about every aspect of our lives in a personal and meaningful way. We will do this by focusing on servanthood and what it means to be a servant in all aspects of our life.
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