Halloween with 1st grade! 👻🎃🦇

The first grade team dressed up as the characters of Little Red Riding Hood. First graders have been learning about folktales and the students really enjoyed seeing the characters come to life!

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Meet Our First Grade Team!

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Renee Biondo

First Grade Lead

Hello! My name is Renee Biondo.  I am the First Grade Lead teacher, and a Math Curriculum Coordinator for primary grades at RCA.  I am so proud to be a teacher at Roosevelt because it is where I began my teaching career 17 years ago.   I love teaching first graders because they are so honest, and they say what is on their hearts and minds! They are so enthusiastic about learning, and they grow incredibly from beginning to end of year!

I am originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana.  I am married, and I have three grown children, and one mischievous Flat-coated Retriever.  We have lived in five different states, as well as overseas in Germany due to my husband’s career in the Air Force. Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends, going on hikes, cooking southern foods, cheering the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers football teams, and tending my rose and flower gardens.

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Yolanda Lassiter

Hello, my name is Yolanda Lassiter. I have been teaching First grade for three years.  I have been at Roosevelt for about 13 years.  I love taking walks and spending time with my family. I enjoy working at Roosevelt because it is like an extended family. No matter the challenges we face, we conquer them as a team. 

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Stephanie Baron

Hello Roosevelt Families, my name is Stephanie Baron and I teach 1st grade. This is my 6th year as a teacher and my 5th year at RCA. I earned my education from UCCS and my degree is in biology for elementary education. Some of my hobbies include hiking and enjoying the outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I love all things that are Pusheen the Cat related. Teaching is my passion and I am excited for what this school year will bring! 

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Vanessa Montes

My name is Vanessa Montes and I am very excited to be your child’s teacher this year!

I received my bachelor's and teaching certificate at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

I’m married and have two boys. In our spare time we like to go outdoors and enjoy the Colorado mountains and eat!

Your first grader will be in store for many meaningful and challenging experiences. I strongly feel that in order for the school year to be successful, it is necessary for the child, teacher, and parent(s)/guardian(s) to work closely together throughout the school year.

My passion is teaching and love coming to work each day. I look forward to a great year!

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Diana Aparicio

Para-Educator, Mrs. Biondo's Class

Hello, my name is Ms. Diana. This is my first year as a paraprofessional here at Roosevelt. I enjoy working with children, and seeing the excitement in their faces as they learn new things! In my free time I love taking my dogs on walks, working out, and spending time with family.

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Hunter Nichols

Para-Educator, Mrs. Lassiter's Class

 Hey , I’m Ms. Hunter I am Mrs. Lassiter’s teacher assistant. I like spend my free time with friends and watching my nephew. I enjoy seeing how the little kids light up after they get a problem right or a paper finished. I love the color yellow and enjoy nature and my favorite season is spring.

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Julia Meza

Para-Educator, Ms. Baron's Class

Hello Roosevelt families my name is Julia Meza. I am a para educator here at Roosevelt. I have worked here for the past year, but have volunteered for the past six years. I am married and we have four beautiful children. My passion is cooking and shopping. My hobbies include hiking, walking parks, and finding new adventures for my family and I. I'm super excited to see what this school year might bring.    

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Nicole Powell

Para-Educator, Mrs. Montes' Class

Hi, I am Mrs. Nicole. I have 2 girls age 7 and 18. I am originally from Oregon. I love hiking and going on walks with my family. My favorite season is spring.