Grade 2 Teacher
Seeing the joy in a child's face when they understand a new concept or persevere through a challenging problem is Mrs. Hall’s inspiration. Ask her about the time she was camping and a cow walked into her tent!
Impacting Students I love to teach about identity. After a series of lessons discussing race, gender, family structure, culture, disabilities, learning differences etc., the students create their own identity web on a Wordle. They rank the words so the most important part of their identity becomes the most prominent word on the Wordle. This encourages students to understand themselves on a deeper level. It celebrates individuality and helps students recognize and appreciate both our differences and similarities. The impact of this lesson is far reaching in developing acceptance and understanding of themselves and their classmates.
My passion is teaching lower school students to love learning, to take risks and persevere, to collaborate and become engaged students, and to be kind, thoughtful friends.
Lifelong Learner I attended a Social Justice 101 conference run by Teaching Tolerance last May. I have been interested in this area for a number of years and through the DIME cohort (diversity, inclusivity, multiculturalism and equity) have gained a great deal of confidence and knowledge. This conference solidified that my knowledge is up to date and that what I am doing in class is valuable and important work. I was inspired to develop my own social justice curriculum (which I have shared with colleagues) that has proved extremely impactful for my students.
Favorite Childhood Memory Our family holidays for the first 10 years of my life involved camping all over Europe, moving locations every day or two to see beautiful towns and villages and amazing geographical features. I definitely did not always appreciate these holidays at the time, but I have made sure my parents know that these experiences instilled in me my love of traveling.
Joined Graland in ... 2007
Also Known As ... Grade 2 Team Leader, Admissions Committee Member
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.