As a veteran teacher of 29 years, I still love teaching! I continue to get excited about the presentation of learning opportunities to my students. I'm so blessed to serve a profession where I get to enjoy life-long learning and inspire my students to fall in love with learning as well.
I've been married for 36 years to my husband, Phil. We have two great kiddos, Sarah and Seth. Sarah is a wife, OR nurse manager and mommy to our two adorable grandsons. Our outdoorsy son, Seth, is a wildlife property manager with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Both of our children were a joy to parent; and, now, we savor our moments together as grown-ups.
There is so much to appreciate about Traut! Our focus on building positive character traits in each other ranks number one. Character drives all choices, including learning. I also LOVE teaching with Mrs. Wells & Mrs. Hollen. We have a great teaching team and have had such fun together over the years. I've equally appreciated working with so many parent partners over the years. Growing children is the most important mission one can have. Our Traut parent-teacher-student pillar is vital to helping each student be all s/he can be.
My hobbies include gardening, reading, walking and spending time with family - doing anything!
Adult book favorites are C.S. Lewis' works. Children's books are many and varied, but Polacco, Paulson and Dahl books are some of my favorites. Patrician Polacco writes fabulous historical fiction for children that both engage and connect in very human ways. Gary Paulson books are action packed and human. You don't want to put them down! They are especially great options for strong, but reluctant readers. Roald Dahl books are some of my favorite read-alouds. They ignite the imagination!
Your choices, today, determine your options tomorrow!! - Origin Unknown
Be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi
Engaged learning is our goal in Room 201! As a classroom family, our job is to support growth in each other for one year of our lives. As teacher, I determine the weather in my room each day. My goal is to create a welcoming, nurturing environment where students are continuously challenged to grow themselves - academically, socially and emotionally. Behavioral expectations are clearly defined in our room and we hold each other accountable. It is my fervent desire to see each child reach his/her full potential as a successful third grader.