Alissa Armendariz

portraitAlissa Armendariz teaches first grade at Mile High Academy. She instructs first grade students in the subjects of math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. She takes great interest in her students and their achievements, taking personal time to tutor students who need extra instruction in phonics and reading. The highlights from this year have been an experiment to see what acidity does to bones, why and how to protect bones, weather reports that were posted to YouTube (yellow table’s report, Kate’s report, Alaina’s report), an Earth Day Celebration, and Young Author’s night. During the Earth Day Celebration they planted greens, herbs, and sprouts, using the dirt from the worm compost farm to plant seeds. Young Author’s Night celebrated the students’ writing. Each student wrote a book inspired by Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood and read their work to parents of students in the class.

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Alissa has also taught preschool and a prekindergarten/kindergarten classroom creating and bringing in curriculum to enhance the learning of
the students.

fruits of the spirit      teaching in india

During 2005-2006 and 2009-2010 she volunteered at a self-supporting orphanage in India teaching students English and helping to support students’ needs. While there, she created curriculum for practicing writing, phonics, and supporting reading comprehension for students in 1st class through 7th class. She was also invited to speak to other teachers about learning strategies and had the opportunity to witness several schools and interview teachers about how students were being taught in India.

presenting in india   eating

Alissa recently finished her Master’s Degree in Special Education at the University of Colorado in Denver. She learned to support students with disabilities from kindergarten through age 21. For her final project, she reviewed literature on the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and how an English Language Learner status affects this disproportionate representation (you can find this review under the Recent Work tab). During her final internship, she studied how students with significant support needs use Assistive Technology (AT) in the classroom and created an in-service for her colleagues on how to use AT to maximize learning in their classrooms.