Meet kindergarten teacher SARAH MESENBRINK

Making a difference in the lives of her students is a priority for Ogden Elementary kindergarten teacher Sarah Mesenbrink.

“Working with kids, I’m so lucky to help set the foundation for the rest of their learning throughout childhood,” Mesenbrink said. “We’re able to allow them to have a positive experience at school; a meaningful and purposeful learning experience that sets the tone as they grow up.”

Mesenbrink joined Ogden Elementary staff in August, and as the school year kicked off, her class participated in a study unit where they had the opportunity to visit an apple orchard for a STEM integrative project with the book “Ten Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss. More recently, during Dr. Seuss week, students enjoyed “Green Eggs and Ham,” did an author study, and have been learning how to create books with rhymes. “We’ve done tons of fun stuff and STEM activities,” Mesenbrink said.

On a day-to-day basis, the class focuses on fun, hands-on learning utilizing manipulatives–writing site words with shaving cream on a table, and other sensory educational activities. Guest speakers and readers are welcomed into the classroom regularly.

Students are learning the basic foundation skills for reading and math.

“And they’re learning so much about the environment around them, their peers and themselves,” Mesenbrink added.

Students have a lot to look forward to during the rest of the school year. Soon they’ll be starting a unit where they will learn about horticulture, plant seeds and watch them grow. There’s also a field trip to Blank Park Zoo and the annual track and field day coming up.

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