My name is Michaele (pronounced ‘My-kul,” like Michael Jordan) Sommerville, and I will be your child’s kindergarten teacher for the 2018-2019 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-third 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 and for developmentally appropriate practice, 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 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! To support learning and make our classroom the place where students want to be, I facilitate multi-sensory learning activities that integrate math, science, social studies and language arts concepts, encourage students to creatively express their thoughts, feelings, and questions, and provide engaging literature for communication, literacy and comprehension development. With encouragement, guidance, patience, friendship, sharing and many opportunities for students to increase their intrinsic motivation, our Super Stars spend their kindergarten year exploring the world around them and developing the 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.
Please check your email for a link to an invitation from me to complete an online class information form. It might have inadvertently been delivered somewhere other than your "in" box, so search your "junk," "spam" or "clutter" folders if this is the first time I've contacted you digitally.
We are going to have a great year!