Greetings UE2 Families

I am very excited to have your child in my class this year!

A little about myself:

This is my 3rd year at Casa, and my 10th year teaching. I came here from Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, specifically from Frank Porter Graham Dual language school. There I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. I was the grade level lead for 2 years, the PBIS coach for 3 years, wrote dual language curriculum for 2nd grade, and Teacher of the Year 2016-2017. In addition, I taught 4th grade in Boston, MA at a dual language school for 2 years.

I was born and raised in Boston, MA and attended Northeastern University, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in English and Education. I did one of my teaching practices in Lima, Peru. I eventually graduated with high honors in my double majors. I was so excited to teach after college, that I ended up taking over the class which I student taught in. I feel very fortunate to be here at Casa. I have gotten the opportunity to work alongside a wonderful staff, plan curriculum, and learn essential Montessori practices.

I can’t wait to work alongside you parents this year as your child’s education is both of our jobs. I can’t wait to connect with your children and help them grow in intelligence, character and love. Thank you for entrusting your precious child to me this year, I will serve you and them well!

Warm Regards,

Denise Colón

~*~ Classroom News ~*~

August Newsletter

Classroom Wish List:

We appreciate you all! Purchasing something from this wish list is voluntary. If you have any questions about these items please let me know.
I also wanted to mention that I know of a teacher that is secretly wishing specifically for this “Happy Planner” to write her school and classroom planning. (me, hehehehe)
Thank you all sooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!

Important Info, Dates, & Links

Email and contact info:

Denise Colón – Teacher
Ana Torres – Paraprofessional

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.


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!
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