Teacher Introduction

A little about Srta. Vargas:
I was born in Colombia, a country full of beautiful landscapes. I went to college in Colombia and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Basic Education, Spanish and Humanities. I have two and a half years of experience working in Elementary Education, and one and a half years in Middle School. This is my first year at Casa and I’m very excited for all the new things I’ll be learning and doing along with your child. In my free time I’m a cyclist and travel enthusiast! I like to read, do yoga, walk, and spend time with my family and at school events.

A little about Sra. Marquez: I am originally from Guadalajara, Mexico where I was a substitute and Art teacher. Since coming to the United States in 2014, I have worked with children in a variety of settings including Casa’s after school program. I have worked as Paraprofessional for 5 years now from Kindergarten to 4th grade. I’m excited to be a member of the Casa community and look forward to working with your child this school year!

~*~ Classroom Wish List ~*~

  • Staples
  • Clear tape
  • Books (Spanish)
  • Board games
  • Magnetic white board erasers
  • Betta fish food
  • Betta fish water conditioner
  • Trash bags 15 gals (2)
  • Post-it notes (2)
  • Device headphones (8)
  • Band-aids (2)
  • Red math beads
  • Green math beads
  • Blue math beads
  • Wide clear tape
  • Disposable spoons and forks
  • Febreze air freshener

Thank you! Muchas Gracias!

Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Carolina Vargas – Teacher
Marisa Márquez – Paraprofessional
919-855-9811

It is important for each child to attend school for the FIRST 20 DAYS to ensure 100% funding for our charter school.

Check back to see important dates and expect to see links here for online learning tools and online volunteer sign ups.

In addition to staying up to date with the amazing things we’re doing in our classroom, please read the GET INVOLVED and STUDENT LIFE sections of our website, too. If you have a question, and can’t find the answer on our website, we’d appreciate it if you would be a helpful citizen of our community and let us know! Chances are someone else has had that same question. 🙂  Thank you!

Some GOALS FOR THIS YEAR:

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.

WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT:

As soon as we are comfortable with the expectations of our classroom we will start to focus on lessons. This section will let you know what we’re learning about, and if you have educational materials at home that you would like to lend to our classroom to enhance a lesson please contact us!