Mrs. Lisset Madsen
First Grade is the place to be! My name is Mrs. Madsen and I am thrilled to be a part of the talented team of teachers here at St. Columba. First and foremost, I feel truly blessed at the opportunity to teach your child. This year, with God’s grace, will be one of learning and spiritual growth.
My love for this country and my adventurous nature brought me to join the United States Navy, honorably serving for eight years. Since then, I have called many places my home. I am a military spouse and a mother of four. We have a son and a daughter who attend this school and the other two are our beloved black Lab and yellow Rhodesian Ridgeback-Lab dogs. I am an avid lover of nature and its wonders; especially the ocean. This love has brought me memorable experiences; such as swimming in two oceans and two of the most beautiful seas: The Atlantic and Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean and Mediterranean Sea. I love spending time with my family, doing crafts, relaxing, and restoring furniture. My love for teaching has also brought me memorable experiences.
“Every child is someone’s child”. These are the words of an author, and friend, who inspired me in my quest to be a better mother, teacher, and person. This statement relates to all children in the sense that every child is a gift from God, as well as someone else’s special gift. Our children deserve our attention, care, and efforts to reach their full potential. For this, I will have high expectations for our students and strive to do all that I can to help them achieve those expectations. Our classroom will be composed of a community that celebrates its members and their accomplishments; one that is a safe environment and allows for mistakes to happen. This will provide an opportunity for growth, compassion for one another, and learning that expands beyond our classroom.
Although this is my second year as a full time teacher at St. Columba, I have gained teaching experience in more than one state. As a student teacher and school volunteer in Virginia, I provided support for teachers and effectively led classrooms; I always kept the students my top priority. During the seven years spent as a volunteer and three as a substitute, I gained valuable insight into the teaching and learning of our children. Substitute teaching, both daily and long term, in K-12 classrooms have allowed me to gain skills and knowledge in diverse learning environments. This has been true for my times as a substitute, both in Florida and in California. I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and it is my goal to obtain my Master’s Degree in the near future.
Our school’s mission states that, in union with parents and guardians as the primary educators of our students, is a community of faith dedicated to academic excellence while bearing witness to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. We seek to educate the whole child, within the tradition of the Catholic Church, so students may confidently meet the challenge of living a Christ-centered life in a changing world. I truly believe in our school’s mission and aspire to be the mere wind of knowledge and resources that propels the student vessel to soar to new learning paths. It is my pleasure to join efforts with you in teaching our amazing children this year. Welcome to First Grade!
Mrs. Madsen’s Classroom Info
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Creating a community with first graders across the U.S!
I am beyond thrilled to have partnered with teachers from every state in the U.S for our class to penpal with.
We thrilled to say that we have received postcards from all 50 states. Now, we can certainly say we are one large first grade family!
Maximizing the learning environment in our classroom is something we strive for daily. This is why we do our best to extend our learning beyond the classroom.
Exercise keeps our minds and bodies sharp. Our students had the chance to participate in our school wide Jog-A-Thong and had a great time.
Reducing the footprint we are making on our earth is a priority for our first grade students. For this reason, we take care to recycle any paper, cans, bottles, and cardboard we have. We also take pride and care of the first grade garden bed. We visit the school garden often to enjoy nature and its fruit offerings and we care for our plants. Our students feel a great sense of accomplishment by knowing they are taking steps to care for our planet. This is why we have labeled ourselves as “Earth’s Care Team”
During this year’s Earth Week we used recyclable items to create a one of the kind class project; a rocket ship with a control box! We also use other materials to create the earth with its 7 continents and 5 oceans.
In addition, we used or knowledge of”how to” writing to create a “how to” piece that includes all that you would need to create these wonderful pieces. It was a wonderful and creative learning experience.
As we closed on our unit study of animals that we know and what they are like, we created a project based on research and our own learning. For this project students had to pick an animal that they believe could serve as a therapeutic/service animal and why. Students had to clearly demonstrate this through research and example.
Students presented their research projects and it sure was a success! I am very proud of them and all the hard work they put into their project.
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First Grade Resources
Please be sure to supervise students while using the internet. These are suggestions only, not a requirement or a comprehensive list of resources.