Welcome to First Grade!

  • Get ready for an exciting year! Your first grader will learn and grow in leaps and bounds this year. Reading and writing are such a big part of what we will be learning together, and you will be AMAZED at what your child can do at the end of this year. I feel that parents and teachers are partners in their child's education, and I look forward to working together to help your child be the best they can be!
    All About Mrs. Shaffer
    I was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. I went to St. Barbara School K-8, then graduated high school from Washington High (Massillon) in 2003. I graduated from Kent State University in 2007 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2011, I graduated from Ashland University with my Master's Degree in Education. It's hard to believe that this will be my 16th year teaching first grade at Sauder. The years have flown by! Each year has brought new lessons, experiences, and challenges, and it has been amazing to watch each child learn and grow so much in the short time we are together.
    I love my school family, but nothing compares to my family at home! My husband Mike and I have been married for 11 years. Our daughter Emma is in 4th grade and our son Micah is in 2nd grade at Sauder this year. We stay very busy with sports year-round! We also had a busy summer training our puppy, Mack. He is an English Mastiff, so he will soon be a very big dog. I can't wait to tell you all about his adventures!
    A Few of My Favorites!
    Favorite Color: blue
    Favorite Animal: sloths (Did you know they move so slowly, they even SNEEZE in slow motion?!)
    Favorite Healthy Snack: Honey Crisp apples
    Favorite Unhealthy Snack: Crumbl cookies
    Starbucks Drink: Chai Latte or Caramel Macchiato 
    Favorite Restaurants: 91, Table Six, Pulp
    Favorite Hobbies: going to concerts with friends, watching my kids play sports, spending time with my growing family (I have 10 nieces and nephews!)
    Favorite Stores: Target, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods/Marshall's
    Favorite 1st Grade Books: The Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems, Junie B. Jones series, Do Unto Otters, Round Up 
    Favorite Music: Country (My uncle is the drummer for Tim McGraw, so country music is a must!)
    Favorite Events in 1st Grade: Polar Express Day, Dr. Seuss Centers, Poetry Cafe