Shelley Falk

4th Grade Teacher
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Biographical Sketch

I have been teaching at Traut Core Knowledge School since 2014.  Previously, I taught fifth grade for three years in Weld County.  I also have experience as a paraprofessional working with fourth and fifth grade students in a small group literacy setting at Timnath Elementary.  I earned a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology from Colorado State University in 2002 and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from University of Northern Colorado in 2011.  Before I found my passion in teaching, I spent fifteen years in the hospitality industry and spent many of those years in front office and general management.  I have completed several service learning projects with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Hopi tribe.  I also worked at the Fort Collins Museum and the Ute Museum in Montrose, CO.  When I was in seventh grade, I had a history teacher who inspired awe and intrigue in me.  I now have a lifelong love of history.  I specifically enjoy teaching about the American Revolution.  That amazing seventh grade history teacher was my father.

What I like about Traut is

Definitely the sense of community and common vision.  

Hobbies & Interests

I enjoy live music, exploring museums, hiking,and traveling.  My favorite arcade game is Skee Ball.  I love to watch hockey and horse racing. I have two reptiles:  a bearded dragon and a corn snake.  

My favorite books and authors are

Some of my favorite books are: The Mysterious Benedict Society, City of Ember, and Summer of the Monkeys.

Favorite Classic?  Dr. Jekylll and Mr. Hyde

Some of my favorite authors are:  Suzanne Collins, Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Sharon Creech

Favorite Classic Author?  Edgar Allan Poe  

Favorite Quote

"The most important thing about education is appetite."  -Winston Churchill

"An investment in knoweldge pays the best interest."  -Ben Franklin

About My Classroom

My classroom is a center of engagement and opportunity; a place where ideas are celebrated and learning is exciting. My classroom operates with certain character that I find to be most welcoming and respectful to all who enter.

Courses Taught

Language Arts, Mathematics,  Spelling, Handwriting, Science, History, and Geography, Sayings and Phrases, and Reading.