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Ariana Mindelzun ("Ms. Ariana") teaches first grade and is assisted by classroom aides Kim Sakellis (mornings) and Andrea Rabe (afternoons). The class meets from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., except on Wednesdays, when students are dismissed at 1:00 p.m. Independent study students attend on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays only, while five-day students attend Mondays through Fridays. After School Recreation is available Monday-Friday.
Math is taught at the same time in first through sixth grade. Students who are accelerated in math are evaluated and placed in leveled math groups as appropriate.
Ms. Ariana's Teaching Philosophy
Education is perhaps the most important element existing in our society. The children of today live our world of tomorrow and therefore it is critical that we provide them with the most outstanding education possible. A child's’ educational experience influences how they feel about themselves, the world, others, and learning. I am committed to being the most effective, inspirational and life-changing teacher I can be. I am devoted to each child that I teach and believe that they deserve the best from me. Being a teacher is one of the greatest honors I can imagine. Being a teacher means teaching children to think and create to their greatest capacity. It means inspiring children to be the best person they can be, both academically and socially. Teaching means being a nurturing, supportive and encouraging role model. Being a teacher is about not only instructing a learning goal but also fostering the desire to learn and the thirst for knowledge.
I believe that children learn best when:
At the end of the day, I measure my success as a teacher by asking the following questions:
As a teacher, I strive to provide each and every student with a learning environment supported by parental and community involvement, integrative curriculum and learners who are excited to return the following day. I am committed to creating a learning environment where students excel and shine each day, and walk forward into the world with this confidence.
Open communication between teachers and parents is always of great importance to me, and it is paramount to our children’s success. Please reach out any time.
Emails: amindelzun @ pacificesd.org | ksakellis @ pacificesd.org | arabe @ pacificesd.org