Grade 1 Teacher
Mrs. Malyszko challenges herself to grow by trying new things in her classroom, accepting feedback from her peers and attending professional development conferences. Did you know she played professional basketball in the US and abroad?
I enjoy teaching a lesson about different families and how all families look differently and are celebrated. We read the book, A Family is a Family is a Family, and do an activity answering the prompt, “My family is special because . . .” This lesson makes students feel comfortable and proud to share about their families no matter how they look.
The Responsive Classroom Advanced Course was a good reminder of many of the basic practices of Responsive Classroom. I was also introduced to new concepts. I have integrated different activities into my morning/closing meeting routine, academic choice has also been a focus and I have also began using role-playing in the classroom.
Favorite Teaching Moment
My first passion is building relationships with students and co-workers. My favorite experience has been seeing students come into the classroom as beginning readers and seeing all their growth at the end of the year as they are reading and writing confidently. I love to see the look on their faces when something clicks for them!
Travel to Hawaii and Sweden; run 10K races outside of Colorado
I grew up on a pig farm and was in 4-H (a youth development organization that instills leadership skills).
Other than Graland, I Support ...
Alma mater, Wounded Warrior Project, Lutheran Church
Also Known As ...
Compensation Redesign Task Force Member
Joined Graland in...
BA in Communications, University of Colorado, Boulder
MA in Education and Human Learning, University of Colorado, Denver
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.