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 is 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 11th 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.
     
    My husband Mike and I were married in July of 2012. We now have 4 1/2-year-old daughter, Emma, and a 3-year-old son, Micah. After considering my students my "kids" for so many years, I thought I knew the love I would feel for my own. Boy was I wrong! Emma and Micah have completely changed our world. It is such an indescribable love that we feel for them both and I really feel it has changed my approach to teaching and loving my Sauder "kids".
     
    I can't forget to mention our first "child", our 6-year-old English Mastiff, Maximus. We are quite obsessed with him! He weighs in at almost 200 pounds - of pure love! He is the most gentle, peaceful, and sensitive dog I have ever known and I couldn't imagine our family without him.
     
     
    A Few of My Favorites!
     
    Favorite Color: blue
     
    Favorite Animal: sloth
     
    Favorite Healthy Snack: Honey Crisp apples
     
    Favorite Unhealthy Snack: donuts & ice cream
     
    Favorite Restaurants: Chili's, Chipotle, Red Robin
     
    Favorite Hobbies: shopping, dinner with friends, spending time with my growing family
     
    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 is a must!)
     
    Favorite TV shows: America's Got Talent, This is Us, Fixer Upper