Teacher Introduction

A little about Sra. Salcedo: 

My name is Sindy Salcedo. I am from the happiest country in the world; Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. This is my seventh year teaching in North Carolina, but I have 23 years of experience as a Childhood Educator. I taught Spanish immersion for three years in San Jose, California. I piloted the implementation of a dual language program in Asheville N.C. I joined Casa 6 years ago and I love being part of this wonderful school ever since. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education, and a Masters of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from Buffalo State University of New York. I have had the opportunity to study in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and become specialized in the Reggio Emilia Approach. I am a certified lower elementary Montessori teacher from the North American Montessori Center. I hold a North Carolina Teaching License for Elementary Education K-6.

I have been married for five years and have a 3 year old, Nicholas Michael, who has been the joy of my life! I love learning, watching movies, traveling, and shopping. I am looking forward to a great school year!


parent night 2019- 2020 CH1

 A little about Sra. Gonzalez: 

Hello parents! My name is Xiomara Gonzalez. I am from El Salvador. This is my sixteenth year at Casa Esperanza.  My husband and I have lived in Raleigh for the past eighteen years. I have three years of college experience in El Salvador and I am continuing my education at Wake Tech. I am a Montessori certified teacher. I am working to enhance my English proficiency. I am looking forward to working with your child this year. I have four dogs that I love Coco, Joey, Dakota and Odin. I am looking forward to a great school year!

2019-2020 Sign Ups!


Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Sindy Salcedo – Teacher
Xiomara González – Paraprofessional

Mar 4:  Public Tour

Mar 6:  Teacher Workday –No school for students

Mar 19:  Mc Teacher Night 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Mar 19:  Lottery closes

Mar 27: Early release 12:00/ Progress Reports go home.

March 30- April 10: SCHOOL HOLIDAY. Spring intersession

April 13: Mandatory Parent teacher conferences for K students (PK is optional) Please sign for the parent teacher conference) please save the date!

April 14: All students return to school.

April 22: New parent open house 6:00-7:30 p.m.

May 7   Field Trip PK-K Life and science Museum Durham

May 25 Memorial Day-School Closed

June 12 Last day for students – Pajama Day EARLY RELEASE 12:00

June 15 Teacher work day PROGRESS REPORT GO HOME



Developing a positive attitude toward learning
Most learning activities are individualized. Each child engages in learning tasks that appeal to them and they find the activities geared to their needs and level of readiness. Each child works at their own rate, repeating tasks often, if they like, and experiencing achievements! In this way, each child naturally builds a positive attitude toward learning itself.

Developing self confidence
New tasks will be built upon what the child has already mastered. A carefully planned series of successes builds upon inner confidence in children. It assures them that they can learn by themselves. Confidence-building activities contribute to the child’s healthy emotional development.

Building a habit of concentration
Effective learning presupposes the ability to listen carefully and to attend to what is said or demonstrated. Through a series of absorbing experiences, children form habits of extended attention, thus increasing their ability to concentrate.

Fostering an abiding curiosity
A deep, persistent and abiding curiosity is a prerequisite for creative learning. By providing the child with opportunities to discover qualities, dimensions and relationships amidst a rich variety of stimulating learning situations, curiosity is developed and an essential element in creative learning has been established.

Developing habits of initiative and persistence
By surrounding children with appealing materials and learning activities geared to their inner needs, they becomes accustomed to engaging in activities on their own. Gradually, this results in a habit of initiative which is an essential quality of leadership. “Ground rules” call for completing a task once begun and gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance for replacing materials after the task is accomplished. This “completion expectation” gradually results in a habit of persistence and perseverance.

Fostering inner security and sense of order
Through a well ordered, enriched but simplified environment, the child’s need for order and security is intensely satisfied. This is noticed in the calming effect the environment has on the child. Since every item in the Montessori classroom has a place and the “ground rules” call for everything in its place, the child’s inner need for order is directly satisfied.

December & January News From CH1


Caja de sonidos/ Sound Boxes


We are full of projects and ideas for a great continuation of our school year. So please read, highlight, and be aware of all the activities and projects for the coming month.


We are at the end of our third quarter and it’s amazing to see all the academic progress in the children. Progress reports for students will be coming home Friday April 3.


What are We Learning?



In our Cultural studies, we will work on plants and their needs. We will continue to learn about countries and flags of Africa and Europe. We will learn more about amphibians/reptiles and mammals. We will start to work on plants too!

We have been using the school I-pads / Chromebooks every week learning Montessori activities in a digital form. If you have an I-pad, you can download many free Montessori apps, both in Spanish and in English.


We will continue working with patterns, sort by attributes and graphs, standard and non-standard units of measurement, forming quantities, telling time to the hour and half hour, identifying coins and their value, displaying data, geometric shapes, volume, and the four basic operations. We will also be working on solving word problems.


In Language we will continue to work on letter-sound recognition, movable alphabet and sentence building.  We have started our writing process.  Please continue to listen to your children read at home every day and check that he/ she is doing his homework and reading every day, Please reinforce at home High Frequency words to help your child acquire confidence and fluency to reach the proposed levels for Kindergarten.

Thanks to our Volunteers!


A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have volunteered in our class by: recess supervision, material making, sharing special abilities or celebrations, and have donated materials and snacks for the class.

We really appreciate all of the help we receive from you.

Special thanks to our room parent Mrs. Adrienne Scigliano

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