My name is Michaele (pronounced ‘My-kul,” like Michael Jordan) Sommerville, and I will be your child’s kindergarten teacher for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share this very special time in your child’s life!
This is my twenty-second year as a kindergarten teacher, having taught in Alaska, New Mexico, and Kansas (Geary County Schools and Ft. Leavenworth). I graduated from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and have actively continued my professional development while raising three children with my husband, a retired Army SGM. I am an advocate for children as well as the effective integration of technology to support literacy in education, maintaining professional memberships in NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) and SITE (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education). I was honored to be selected as our district's nominee for the 2012 Kansas Teacher of the Year Award.
I am a fan of developmentally appropriate practice. I believe in building respectful, caring, and joyful relationships full of humor with my students and their families, as working together creates a wonderful kindergarten experience for all! I facilitate multi-sensory learning activities that integrate math, science, social studies, and reading concepts, and provide engaging literature for language, literacy and comprehension development. With encouragement, guidance, patience, and many opportunities for students to increase their intrinsic motivation, our Super Stars spend their kindergarten year exploring the world around them and developing skills essential for their continued success.
I communicate with parents via weekly newsletters, a monthly activity calendar, e-mail, notes, phone calls, in-classroom conferences, and via our Twitter account: @KNGSuperStars. Thank you for being my partner in your child's education! Make sure to subscribe to our Super Stars' activity via the link to the right.
We are going to have a wonderful year!