Welcome to Kindergarten!
We are so excited to be your child’s teachers this year. We look forward to meeting our students, discovering their unique interests and personalities, and helping them feel safe and cared for while cultivating their curiosity as lifelong learners.
Kindergarten is a year of significant academic and personal growth. In Kindergarten, students spend their time playing, problem-solving, creating, exploring, and connecting with classmates. They develop skills, confidence, and healthy independence as they engage in multisensory and inquiry-based learning activities throughout the day. Our dynamic curriculum includes literacy, mathematics, social studies, STEM, social-emotional education, art, music, dance, physical education, and Spanish. Some highlights of our school year include daily Curiosity Time, Outdoor Learning, Field Trips, 100th Day of School Celebrations, Holiday Celebrations, Mystery Readers, and Engineering Challenges.
Michelle returns to Kindergarten for her third year and her eleventh year at Stevenson. Prior to joining us, she taught bilingual kindergarten and Grade 1 in Colorado for seven years. She also worked as an early childhood special educator and early childhood literacy coach. Raised in Ohio, Michelle graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in elementary education and earned a MA in multicultural and bilingual education from the University of Colorado. Michelle has received extensive training in early literacy and language development and is trained as a bilingual reading intervention teacher. She has also received professional training in Orton Gillingham, Fundations Literacy, Singapore Math, Social Thinking, and Toolbox. Michelle lives in Carmel with her husband Tyler and their children, Ryder (16) and Cassidy (14). They have two dogs, a cat, and several chickens. Michelle incorporates her passions for nature, gardening, music, and reading into her teaching. She is thrilled to be returning to Kindergarten this year and looks forward to a wonderful year.
Nancy is new to the Stevenson community this year, coming with eighteen years of experience. Prior to joining us, she was grade level leader, a learning specialist, and taught first and second grade at Silicon Valley International School for the past seven years. She also worked in Seoul, South Korea as the lead Kindergarten teacher for seven years at Yongsan International School of Seoul. Nancy began her teaching journey in her home state of Illinois for four years in Kindergarten and was also a reading specialist. She graduated from High Point University with a BA in elementary education and earned a MS in Reading and Literacy education from Walden University. Nancy has received extensive training in inquiry and concept-based learning, balanced literacy education, social-emotional learning, Singapore Math, Fountas and Pinnell, Reading and Writing Workshop and Making Learning Visible. Nancy is a newlywed and recently moved to Marina with her husband Chris. She is passionate about singing and incorporating music and the arts in her teaching. She also is an avid reader and traveler. She enjoys learning about new cultures, trying new foods and sharing her experiences with her students while learning from them as well. Nancy is overjoyed to be back in Kindergarten to start this new adventure at Stevenson and looks forward to building relationships with our returning and new students and families.
We look forward to connecting with you on August 23rd at orientation and beginning our kindergarten adventure together. Go Pirates!
Michelle Scheid and Nancy Miller
Kindergarten Teaching Team