Transitional Kindergarten – First Grade

“The teachers have a beautiful way of recognizing and honoring the unique beauty of God’s creation in each child. We appreciate the way they help our child to learn to read, write and think!”Mac Ryerse, Corporate Secretary for Potlach Corporation 

Dianna Stecker
BA Elementary Education
AA Early Childhood Education

Teacher/child ratio 1:12

Maximum class size 12

Ages of children 4 1/2 – 7 years

Personal Background

I received my AAS​ in Early Childhood from SFCC in 2002.  I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 20 years, the last 14 here at North Wall Schools with the Infant, Toddler, and    Preschool classes.  I was blessed to ​attend Whitworth University starting in the fall of 2017, and I graduated in May 2020 with my BA in Elementary Education after completing my student    teaching at Shiloh Hills Elementary.  

Philosophy of Teaching

I believe in showing respect, dignity and appreciation for the uniqueness of each student. I respect the family and culture with which each child is blessed. I will provide engaging activities that follow the student’s curiosity and expand the student’s mind using discovery-based and problem-solving approaches to the curriculum. I will create and maintain a safe and healthy environment that fosters the student’s academic, social, and spiritual growth.

Goals for the Class

· To show all students that they are loved and respected, and that their thoughts are important in our classroom community.

· To provide students with the opportunity to problem solve through their learning.

· To foster a community where students work collaboratively. 

· To create a learning environment that engages each student’s mind and soul.

Class Schedule:

8:00-9:00 Welcome into the classroom/snack

9:00-9:15 Greeting/weather

9:15-9:30 Number corner

9:30-10:00 Whole group literacy

10:00-10:30 Literacy groups/Literacy Centers

10:30-11:00 Outside play

11:00-11:30 Read out loud/Show and Share

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-1:00 Sustained Silent Reading/resting/quiet activities

1:00-1:30 Outside play

1:30-2:00 Writers’ workshop

2:00-2:30 Math whole group

2:30-3:00 Math Centers/Math groups/snack

3:00-3:30 Art/music/science

3:30-4:20 Afternoon Centers/snack

4:20-4:50 Outside play

4:50-5:00 Get ready to go home