My name is Rachel Stadt and this year will be my eleventh year teaching first grade. (I can hardly believe it – it seems like just yesterday I was welcoming my very first group of first graders!!!)
My passion for teaching began in high school. I was blessed to be involved in two amazing classroom experiences in which I got to spend time teaching Spanish to first graders and assisting in a second grade classroom. I loved it!!! When I headed to college, I knew I wanted to continue pursuing this dream. At Hope College, I studied learning disabilities (inspired by my little brother who struggled with reading in elementary school) and graduated with a Special Education degree in 2006. I began working at Georgetown Elementary the following year as a paraprofessional in first grade and later as a long term substitute in the resource room. I loved my experience working in the first grade classrooms and was thrilled to become a first grade teacher the following year. I continued my education at Grand Valley where I graduated with my Masters of Special Education in 2013. I absolutely love teaching first grade and couldn’t ask for a better team of teachers to work with!!!
Our family resides in Grandville – where both my husband, Justin, and I grew up. He works for the City of Grand Rapids as a Code Compliance Officer and is also a paid-on-call firefighter for the City of Grandville. We have been married for almost eleven years and we have FOUR adorable children!!! Amelia is 8. She will be in third grade here at Georgetown Elementary this year. She loves soccer, softball, golf, and wants to be a scientist someday. Evelyn is 6. She will be a first grader in Mrs. Woodring’s classroom this year. She loves to sing, dance, create, and pretend. Henry is 3. He is always making us laugh and loves anything with wheels, especially airplanes & jeeps. He is also a big Wild Kratts & Paw Patrol fan! Violet is 2. She loves following around her big brother and sisters, playing with baby dolls, and dressing up like a princess. When we’re not playing outside, reading books, gardening, riding bikes, camping, or taking care of our chickens: Ash and Fluffball (I’ve hatched chickens at school the past few years and have kept a couple to raise in our backyard!), you can find my husband and I working on our house. We purchased a fixer upper four years ago and we have been slowly updating the interior and exterior. Our goal for this summer is to finish the basement!
First grade is such a special year!!! Your child will experience amazing growth as a reader, writer and mathematician this year. It is such a privilege to be a part of this journey! Make sure to check our blog often to stay up-to-date on our learning and fun!!!