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Kelly Palma

Support Teacher

Students can always put a smile on Mrs. Palma’s face -- she says children give her life purpose! She is excited to learn different ways to use technology and innovation skills in her classroom. Ask her about the time she hiked a glacier in Norway -- at age 9!

Impacting Students
One lesson that I enjoy teaching is place value. Place value is one of the most important math concepts that primary grade students must master before they can learn more advanced math concepts such as regrouping and multiplication. The activities and games that I plan for this lesson are very hands-on and students have an opportunity to interact and explore with the different place value blocks.

Lifelong Learner
I recently completed Orton Gillingham training. This strengthened my phonics and literacy instruction, specifically with students who are struggling readers. An analogy that the instructor often referenced more times than once compared spelling/reading remediation to antibiotics. In order for a child with strep to feel better, he or she needs medicine daily. If the antibiotic is given sporadically, it takes longer for the child to feel better and the strep can come back. The same thing can be said about a child with reading disabilities. He or she needs reading and spelling remediation daily in order to see growth and success. If the remediation is inconsistent, the student's success and growth will also be inconsistent. I think of this comparison daily when I am working with my own students in the classroom and believe I am a stronger teacher because of it.

Favorite Author
Patricia Polacco. She writes and illustrates inspiring stories based on real events from her own life.

Life Goal
Visit Greece.

Outside of Graland I’m ...
In the mountains, spending time with my husband skiing, hiking, or camping.

Joined Graland in...
2018

Also Known As ...
Innovation PLC Member

Hometown
Rome, Georgia

Education
BA in early childhood education from Presbyterian College
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Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
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.