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CMAS Testing 3/28-4/19 **Please be sure your student is in class on time**
Family Night Out- April 1st 6:30pm Vanguard Gym
Cultural Night- April 7th 5:30pm
3rd Quarter Assembly- April 8th 8am
5/6 Mathematics is a rigorous course. The primary curriculum is Saxon Math, but there are heavy doses of Thinking Maps, Financial Literacy, and Google Workplace as well. The pedagogy is classical of course with a heavy emphasis on problem solving. Students will be assigned nightly homework with few exceptions. However, students should work for an amount of time whether or not the assignment is complete and bring back questions on frustrating questions.
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Teaching has long been a calling in my life. As I enter my twenty-third year as an educator (17th as a lead instructor), the question--Why do I teach-- becomes even more difficult to answer. I feel a bit like Socrates. All I know is that I don't know. Am I teaching to hone the mind of the next great intellect? Am I engendering character among the masses? Am I searching for Truth or the meaning of our existence? There are so many reasons I teach. It is impossible to boil it down to a few words. Teaching and learning are essentials in my life. Where can those necessities be found? The schoolhouse has them in abundance. My academic background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, a variety of graduate coursework both in and out of education, and an ever curious mind that feeds off of books of a variety of genres and disciplines. When I am not at school, I am usually parenting some combination of six children. When I can steal a moment for myself, I enjoy being active and competing in a variety of games.Email
I have been teaching Vanguard Classical School- West for six years. I have taught 4th-6th grade for eight years total. I earned my bachelor's degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in K-6 Literacy in 2012. This past spring I earned my master’s degree at the University of Denver in education leadership and policy.I'm about to start a new adventure in becoming a mom for the first time! In my free time, I love baking, cooking, hiking, and spending time with my husband and my dog. I am an avid reader and I also enjoy writing. I love learning and strive to create an environment where my students also love to learn. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”Email
Hello! My name is Laurel Leicester (pronounced "Lester") and I am tremendously excited to join the Vanguard team this year as the 5th/6th Grade Language Arts teacher. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and continued on to earn an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, both from the University of Northern Colorado. I can't wait to share a love of literature and learning with my students! Educating the future is such an honor and a privilege. Outside of school, I am a recreational and competitive gymnastics coach, and definitely still love to flip every once in a while myself! I also enjoy getting active in other ways, reading a good book whenever I can, and indulging in pizza. I am looking forward to getting to know my students and learning together in a fantastic first year here at Vanguard Classical School.Email
I'm a lifelong learner, I originally went to school for fine arts, then graphic/web development and now I am pursuing Elementary Education. I have worked in Education for 3 years, from an office setting in data entry to delivering instruction in literacy, reading comprehension, social studies and science. In my free time I like to bake, watch BBC mysteries and make art. I am so excited to be here for my first year at the Vanguard classical school.