Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Dear American Academy Parents,
Welcome to 5th Grade
Welcome to 5th Grade. We are so excited to meet and get to know each of you throughout this coming year. We are looking forward to all of the amazing things that we are going to learn and do this year. Have a great rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.
Meet the Teachers
We wanted to spend a few moments telling you a little about ourselves.
Amy Blocker – History and Math
I have been teaching for 15 years. Throughout the years I have taught many subjects, but I have to say that history is definitely my favorite. I love learning and sharing about the amazing people throughout the ages, discovering what they did and how they lived. I most of all love seeing how we can use their lives to make our life better today and help shape an even better tomorrow. When I not teaching you will probably still find a book in my hand. My love of reading goes back to when I was in grade school and still remains strong today. I look forward to having each of you in my class this year
Sherri Hunt – Science and Math
Welcome to Fifth Grade 2019-2020! I am Mrs. Hunt and I’m excited to be teaching Math and Science this year! This is my second year with American Academy and I am so happy to be a part of this family. I am from Oklahoma where I attended OSU to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Then moved to Arizona and attended ASU where I received a Master’s in Education. I taught in the Mesa and Deer Valley school districts for 20 years. Then we moved to Colorado where I first subbed in the DCSD and then went on to teach 6th grade, before joining the American Academy Team! This is going to be an exciting year of learning, friendship, and new adventures! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you, and getting to know what makes you-you!
Debbie Martin – Literacy and Math
Hello American Academy friends and family! I am Debbie Martin and I am beyond excited to join you this year! I have my BA in Liberal Studies (education) from Azusa Pacific University and my MA in the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University. This year will be my 25th year in education! I have taught in California, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado. Eleven of those years I had the AMAZING opportunity in working overseas in the international schools. In Doha, Qatar I was a 5th grade teacher, educational consultant and assistant principal in elementary. The opportunity to live, work and teach with people from all over the world is one of the most incredible life experiences I was blessed to have. I have been married to my awesome husband Eric for almost 2 years now and together we have 7 children between us ages 14 - 26 (a freshman, junior and senior in HS and 4 adults). In December 2018 my daughter gave us the greatest names EVER, Grandma and Grandpa, when our sweet granddaughter, Bella, was born. I love to travel and always look forward to visiting new countries and learning about cultures and people. When I am not watching my boys playing soccer or exploring Colorado, I love to craft. I love to create, create and create - anything with my hands! Last fall I started learning how to quilt, after all, I had a grandbaby on the way so I decided to make her a quilt, so sewing is my newest enjoyment. I've made a few quilts, bags and blankets since that first baby quilt last year. My current project is a king size quilt that will be made of fabric representing Alaska, my home state. I am looking forward to getting to know each of the families and working with our wonderful 5th graders! Here is to a FABULOUS year!
Sydney Tobler – Literacy and Math
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and got my Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Food Science from Colorado State University. After exploring many career paths, I realized I wanted to continue my learning journey, and received my Master’s in Education from University of Northern Colorado. This is my second year as a teacher, and I am excited to be back at American Academy. When I’m not teaching, I’m either on the golf course or hanging out with my lazy Australian Shepherd, Bailey.
One to One Computers
American Academy will be loaning computers to each of the 5th graders. Please make sure to attend one of the informational meeting about the computers. We will go over the rules and expectations for the computers with the students in the first couple of days of school. Please help remind the students that the computers are still school property so only school related activities should occur on them. The school will continue to monitor the computers throughout the school year. The computers will be will handed out that first week of school. Students are then responsible for bringing the computer to school each day fully charged. Please try to help your student set up a good routine for getting the computer charged each night and brought back to school each morning.
Thank you and we appreciate your support!
The Fifth Grade Team