“Connor has the one quality that can never be taught, but it is absolutely necessary – a deep and unqualified love of children. Connor cares about each and every student in his class. He cares about their heart, health and academic success. …Connor has made our entire family feel special and respected.”
–Kirsten Ericksen-Phan, teacher
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:16
Maximum Class Size: 16
Ages of Children: 5-8 years
I earned a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Grand Canyon University, and I plan to complete my Master’s degree in Reading in 2019. I’ve worked in several kindergarten classrooms, both as a student and as a substitute teacher in Spokane Schools; I have also taught at Trinity Catholic School here in Spokane. Originally from Sammamish, I enjoy everything about the outdoors, including skiing and hiking. I’ve led Young Life groups and served as a summer camp counselor. I will be celebrating one year of married life in September 2019 as well!
Philosophy of Teaching:
I have a passion for education and believe that one teacher can change the future for his students, and I am eager to help all my students reach their full potential. I have learned that working collaboratively, communicating effectively, and showing enthusiasm and positivity go a long way in helping others build their confidence, self-esteem, and happiness. Building a classroom setting that incorporates these attributes is a personal goal that I believe will help students meet and exceed their potential inside and outside of the classroom.
Goals for the Class:
- To reach for full learning each day.
- To work well with each other.
- To come to class ready to expand knowledge.
8:30 – Morning circle and activities
9:00 – Learning Centers: reading and themed centers, snack
10:00 – PE/recess
10:30 – Centers wrap-up/targeted instruction
11:30 – Grace and lunch
12:00 – Journal, silent reading
12:35 – Afternoon circle and math introduction
1:00 – Learning Centers: math, science
2:00 – Outdoor Break
2:30 – Daily report, closing circle
3:00 – Dismissal for school-day students Special Activities:
3:15 – Recess for extended-day students Wednesday – Art
3:45 – Learning Centers Thursday – Music
5:30 – Closing of School Tuesday – Spanish