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 have sent off our postcards and have received many more! Words cannot express the excitement our class feels. This is, without a doubt, creating a connection and sense of community between the students across our country. Keep checking back as we continue to add postcards.
Maximizing the learning environment in our classroom is something we strive for daily. We visited a farm with one of our penpal classes and had a great time learning and making memories. We further expanded our learning by doing a pumpkin investigation in our classroom with the help of wonderful parent volunteers. We learned all about the lifecycle of a pumpkin, the correlation between the its life on the vine and the number of seeds, estimation, circumference, grouping, and much more.
As we learned all about Fairytales we immersed ourselves in the world of “The Three Little Pigs”. We chose a pig and engineered a home only using the materials provided and without any templates. The goal was to create a home that would withstand the “Big Bad Wolf”. Using their knowledge of the material properties and buildings as well as their creativity, our students created a one of a kind home for their pig. After several redesigns of their pig’s home, the students faced the wolf dryer. I am happy to inform that only three of our pigs’ homes actually blew away!
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, we read and care for our plants. Our students feel a great sense of accomplishment by knowing they are taking steps to care for our planet.
Navigating the holidays with writing is one of the things we do best here in first grade. We have been busy writing about living in a snow globe and having a red shiny nose like Rudolph!
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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.