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Mrs. Volpe, Mrs. Do, and Mrs. Simpson are the 1st grade teachers. 

Mrs. Volpe

For 20 years she has been teaching to empower a new generation of critical thinkers. She creates a safe and nurturing classroom that fosters a love for learning through the use of hands on activities and meaningful experiences.

She currently has a Masters of Education Degree with an emphasis in cross-cultural  studies, as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

The motto in her classroom is “It Takes a Village to Educate a Child.” She looks forward to working together to help your child meet their individual goals.


Mrs. Simpson

Her passion has always been working with children and she is excited to work with your child. She grew up in Southern California where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of California Riverside.

As your child’s first grade teacher, she is committed to providing him or her with a safe, supportive, and positive learning environment. She believes that communication with parents is the greatest key for student achievement.

She looks forward to working with you and your child to help them reach their academic goals and develop a love for learning.


Mrs. Do

Mrs. Do has always enjoyed working with children. In her experience, an educational environment that is open, caring, and supportive helps students create a passion for learning.  She believes that a strong and positive partnership between Parent-Teacher and Student helps a child build the confidence and skills to succeed. As a teacher she helps students harness their own potential and to embrace their dreams so as to one day make them a reality.

Mrs. Do was born and raised in Guam.  She moved to California for college and received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I then continued at USF to receive my teaching credential and M.A. in Teaching.  She has been a classroom teacher for 12 years and enjoy inspiring young minds along the way.


About this Grade Level
Language Arts:
Reading Goal: DRA Level 16.
Read, Write, and Spell 100 High Frequency Words.
Describe character, setting, plot in a story with details.
Write narrative, opinion, and informative paragraphs proficiently.


Count, write, and recognize numbers from 1-120 in and out of order.
Add and subtract fluently within 20.
Solve addition and subtraction word problems.


Describe how plants and animals adapt to survive.
Identify objects in the sky and how they move.
Observe and investigate light and sound.
Create models based on data.


Social Studies:
Use maps and globes to identify their place in the world.
Identify American symbols, landmarks, and important documents.
Compare life in the past to life in the present.
Describe heroes in history.

You can communicate with your child's teacher using the free app Class Dojo or via email:


Homework Policy
Reading: 30 minutes daily
Daily Homework:
Reading Log
Language Arts

Classroom Wish List
Clorox Wipes
Glue sticks


Start: 7:45AM
Dismissal: 2:00PM
Thursdays Dismissal: 1:00PM
Schedule 3 Dismissal: 12PM
Lunch: 10:40-11:20


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