Welcome to Grade 1!
Grade 1 learners are full of hope and wonder, and so are we! Grade 1 is a milestone year for students’ growth as independent learners and thinkers. As they become more conscious of their interests and imagination, we give them room to express themselves through discussion, writing prompts, and other learning activities. Our approach to math and STEM is hands-on and inquiry-based, beginning with a question and encouraging students to develop questions of their own. Our students will continue to grow as readers with our phonics-based curriculum. They will also dive into addition and subtraction, Spanish language acquisition, historical figures, and principles of engineering. We will play math games, write personal narratives, do art projects, and revel in the experience of learning together!
Heidi Pratt happily enters her second year at Stevenson along with her son Gianni ’28 and her daughter Gemma ’32. Heidi joins the Stevenson community after 19 years of teaching kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 at Santa Catalina School. Prior to Santa Catalina, she taught at Miss Barbara’s Child Development Center in Marina. Heidi attended California State University Monterey Bay where she received her BA in liberal studies as well as her teaching credential. Heidi is well versed in Orton-Gillingham Approach, Singapore Math, and Toolbox Social Emotional Learning strategies.
Heidi was raised in a small farming town in Northern California and moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1997. She lives in Marina with her two children, a puppy named Tyson, and a kitten named Pepper. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, walking on the beach, and reading a good book.
Jackie DiYanni is delighted to enter her second year teaching at Stevenson. Now in her sixth year of teaching, Jackie has taught first, fourth, and second grades in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District and second grade at All Saints Day School. Jackie began her career at a large accounting firm and NASDAQ. Jackie studied leadership and management at New York University before completing a BS in Business Administration at California State University Monterey Bay. She earned her MA in Education and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential from California State University Monterey Bay. Jackie has extensive training in Orton Gillingham approach, Singapore Math, STEMScopes, Responsive Classroom, and Toolbox. This summer, her professional development included learning about neuroscience research and its implications for learning and teaching practices.
Jackie lives in Carmel with her husband Ed and their children Evangeline ’28 and Lucas ’30. They have two dogs and four chickens. Jackie loves spending time with her family and she enjoys nature and reading. She is excited to join the Grade 1 team this year.
We look forward to connecting with you on August 23rd at orientation and beginning our Grade 1 adventure together. Go Pirates!
Heidi Pratt and Jackie DiYanni
Grade 1 Teaching Team