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

Welcome Back Students!!

School is now in full force and I could not be more excited about this year! There are so many things we will learn and explore together. Thank you for the warm welcome into the 2017-2018 year, I know it will be a great year for all of us.

If you have not done so, please send in any supplies, paperwork, and emergency bag to school. It is of extreme importance that we have these for every child in our class.


Homework will be going home on Thursday and is to be returned on Friday every week. Be sure to read the homework letter for important information and assignments.

Be sure to check our class page and school website for information and current events.


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 been receiving some already! Word 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.

Shipshape Work!

Fostering a faith-based community of learners that are accepting, kind, and caring is a big part of what we do. After reading “The Beautiful Oops” we decided to use scraps we had to create our own beautiful oops. What turned out of these “scraps” were beautiful masterpieces. We now know that “oops” are simply an opportunity for creating something beautiful!


Check back often for more classroom updates!

First Grade Resources

Please be sure to supervise students while using the internet. These are suggestions only, not a requirement.