Welcome to Grade 2
We are so excited to meet you all and begin our year together. In grade 2, we will continue to explore and strengthen Singapore math strategies, create written works using the Writing Workshop technique, learn about historical figures, dive into research projects, uncover the mysteries of STEM with a hands-on approach, read poetry and classic literature, perform class plays, read daily, and go on exciting field trips into our local community. Students will have so much fun connecting with our community, creating lifelong friendships, becoming leaders, explorers, and learners. We can’t wait to begin our expedition together in grade 2.
This year marks Vicki Copeland’s 14th year teaching at Stevenson. She has taught kindergarten and grade 2 during her tenure here and has had the pleasure of teaching all 3 of her daughters over the years. She has taught Kindergarten through grade 5 over the last 23 years and worked in both public and private school settings from the Bay Area to the Monterey Peninsula. She has held positions on the admissions board, curriculum coordinator for PK-4, hiring committees, presented at educational conferences, and received training in Orton Gillingham phonics, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Singapore math, Fountas and Pinnell Reading Recovery, Fundations Literacy, Tools of the Mind, Social Thinking, and Toolbox Tools.
She received her BA from University of California, Santa Barbara with a focus on sociology and child development and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University San Francisco. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses and spending time at the barn, hiking, swimming, and traveling to surf destinations with her family. Vicki lives in Monterey with her husband, Alexis, a professor at our local community college, and her three daughters Olivia ’22, Alice ’24, and Georgia ’25, and her Bernese Mountain dog, Rufus.
Blair Cronin is excited to begin her fifth year at Stevenson and her third year teaching grade 2. Blair has previous experience teaching fourth grade, Kindergarten, and Pre-Kindergarten. Blair received her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential through CalStateTEACH at California State University Monterey Bay, a BA in Communication from San Francisco State University, and a MA in Movement-Based Expressive Arts from Lesley University. Blair’s professional training includes the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy, Fundations Literacy, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and Singapore Mathematics. Additionally, she has been trained in the Social Thinking methodology, Positive Discipline, Design Thinking, and the Responsive Classroom social-emotional learning approach. She is passionate about teaching curriculum in a hands-on and engaging way for all learners.
Blair is a Carmel Valley native and lives there with her husband, Shawn ’98, and their two daughters, Ingrid (7) and Harriet (4), their dog, Norman, and many chickens. Blair enjoys going for trail runs, being outdoors in nature, reading books, and dancing in her spare time.
We look forward to connecting with you on August 23rd at orientation and beginning our Grade 2 adventure together. Go Pirates!
Mrs. Vicki Copeland and Mrs. Blair Cronin
Grade 2 Teaching Team