Gretchen Holland

5th Grade Teacher
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Biographical Sketch

My husband and I have been in Fort Collins since we came to CSU for college.  We married after our senior years and now have 6 kids.  I have an undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Child Development, from CSU and a Masters in Elementary Education from Regis University.  I have taught preschool, third, fourth, second and kindergarten.

What I like about Traut is

I love that students are the focus at Traut.  I also believe strongly that families are the most important unit in society, so having parents actively involved in the lives and learning of their children is something special!

Hobbies & Interests

 I love to travel and be with my family.  We enjoy bike riding and I like reading and walking our dogs, Paisley, Moxie and Lexie.  I play the piano and love music. 

My favorite books and authors are

I love reading children's books and series!  The Penderwicks are my favorite fictional family and I love The Lemonade War series.  I enjoy Robert Fulgrum's short stories, and have written two published works myself.

Favorite Quote

With my kids...  "You're killing me, Smalls!"  ~from The Sandlot

From my youth...  "Carpe Diem"  ~from Dead Poet's Society

For my life...  "Play the Sunset."  ~from Mr. Holland's Opus

About My Classroom

My philosophy has three important tenants: all students have the ability and right to learn; collaborative teams of both educators and students can have a great impact on student growth and achievement; and partnership with homes, families, community members, and peers give students the long term structure to be successful.  

Courses Taught

Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th

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