Teacher Introduction

Dear Families,
We are so excited to welcome you to LE4 for the 2019 – 2020 school year!

A little about Ms. Glenn:
I am looking forward to my eighth year at Casa Esperanza. Casa is such a unique and wonderful place. It has been such a pleasure to work with the students, parents and staff over the last seven years. I grew up in East Tennessee, spent four years on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and have been living in Raleigh for the last seven years. I completed my undergraduate degree at Tennessee Tech in Multidisciplinary Studies and my Masters in Applied Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee. I hold a NC license to teach K-6th grade and a Lower Elementary Montessori certification; and I have seventeen years of teaching experience in public school systems and private academies.

I have two children, my son Jackson is a freshman at Johnston Community College, and my daughter Gracie is a senior at Meredith College.

I am excited about the upcoming year and know we will enjoy many new learning experiences together. I love teaching; and feel blessed to have the opportunity to play a role in your child’s academic and personal growth over the next year.

A little about Ms. Motamedy:
I was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. I moved to Raleigh in September of 1987. This will be my 14th year at Casa Esperanza, and my 18th year as an educator. I have my Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and my Lower Elementary Montessori training, since 2010.

I have two wonderful children, my daughter is 29 and an ECU graduate, and my son is 20 years old. I feel honored to be part of this wonderful faculty. I look forward to our new journey this school year. I love working with children and feel blessed to be part of your child’s daily life.

Sincerely,
Ms. Glenn and Ms. Motamedy

~*~ Classroom Wish List ~*~

  • Gift Cards for Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store
  • Gift Cards for Barnes & Noble
  • Gift Cards for a Pet Store
  • Gift Cards for Amazon
  • Gift Cards for Teach Me Store
  • Two 5-Head Floor Lamps – Room Essentials Target (Multi Blue & Silver or White) from Target
  • Four Floor Pillows – Corduroy Square Children’s Chair Pad Seating Pillows Japanese Style Tatami Pillows,15.7 by 15.7 inches – by TMJJ Home (Pastel Pink) from Amazon
  • Square Seat Cushion, Tufted Thicken Pillow Seat Soft Corduroy Chair Pad Tatami Floor Cushion for Yoga Meditation Living Room Balcony Office Outdoor, Coffee, 22×22 inch – by HIGOGOGO from Amazon
  • 2 Sets of Paint Pens Acrylic Markers Set (12-Color) for Rock Painting, Glass, Wood, Porcelain, Ceramic, Fabric, Paper, Kindness Rocks, Mugs, Calligraphy and More – Fine Tip – by Asani from Amazon
  • 4 pairs of Stereo Earphone Headband PC Notebook Gaming Headset Microphone – by MChoice from Amazon
  • Wireless Doorbell, Easy Install, Over 1000-feet Range, 52 USA Chimes, Adjustable Volume and LED Flash, 2 Pack (White) Model C – by SadoTech from Amazon

Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Kathy Glenn – Teacher
Marjan Motamedy – 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!