Welcome to Grade 2

Dear Families,

We are excited to meet you all and begin our year together in Grade 2. We hope you all have had some time to spend as a family this summer learning a new skill, adventuring out into nature, reading books, or setting new goals. In Grade 2, we will continue Singapore math strategies, create written works using the Writing Workshop technique, learn about historical figures, delve into the animal kingdom with an in-depth research project, uncover the mysteries of STEM with a hands-on approach, and delve into classic literature and poetry. Students will have so much fun making new friends and learning something new every day during our expedition together in Grade 2.

Vicki Copeland

Vicki Copeland enters her 15th 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 25 years and worked in both public and private school settings from the Bay Area to the Monterey Peninsula. She has had positions over the years on the admissions boards, curriculum coordinator for PK-4, on hiring committees, presented at educational conferences, received training in Orton Gillingham phonics, Singapore math, extensive childhood literacy training, Tools of the Mind, Social Thinking, and Toolbox Tools. Most recently she lead Stevenson Junior Summer Camp as the director.

She received her BA from the University of CA, Santa Barbara, focusing on sociology and child development, and her Multiple Subject teaching credential from CSU San Francisco. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, hiking, swimming, and spending time going on adventures camping, surfing, and traveling with her family. Vicki lives in Monterey with her husband, Alexis, her three daughters Olivia ’22, Alice ’24, and Georgia ’25, and her Bernese Mountain dog, Rufus.

Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke is entering her 21st year of teaching. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.  Her experience has occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, and Bozeman, Montana. Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an endorsement as a Reading Specialist.  She has experience developing curriculum, being a member of both math and leadership committees, and helping coach basketball. In addition, she has led and planned many expeditionary learning experiences that align with the curriculum.  In her spare time, she loves to hike, bike, and kayak.  She has a child, Jade, entering Grade 7 at Stevenson. Her husband, Adam, and 2 dogs, Iris and Kyla, and family enjoy outdoor adventures and traveling.  Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Stevenson School community.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, August 23 for our first day of class and connecting on Tuesday, August 22 at 10:00 a.m. for a classroom tour. We can’t wait to begin our adventure together. Go, Pirates!

Warmly,

Mrs. Vicki Copeland and Mrs. Jennifer Burke

Grade 2 Teaching Team