Main Container Header

Utility Container

1st Grade

Our 1st Grade students move from Primary School to Lower School with an intentional, structured transition that helps them develop focused learning behaviors and ownership of their work. Hands-on learning opportunities are carried into 1st Grade, with a greater emphasis on independence and depth of understanding. Students also spend time in more structured, sequential lessons that encourage them to develop listening skills, engage in active participation in academic discussions, and apply new knowledge to follow-up assignments. Our 1st Grade students participate in whole-group, small-group, and independent learning experiences around the classroom, with frequent chances for movement and active learning. 

1st Grade Curriculum

In 1st Grade at St. Mark's, Students Practice:

Independence

Focused Learning

Engaging with Hands-On Learning Centers

Listening and Speaking Skills

Active Participation

Meet the 1st Grade Team

Margaret Alvarez

Margaret Alvarez

Titles: Art Teacher, Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Dewayne Bowden

Dewayne Bowden

Titles: Lower School Physical Education Teacher; Lower School Athletics Coordinator
Sara Brannon

Sara Brannon

Titles: Lower School Music Teacher, Choral Director
Alex Doan

Alex Doan

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher
Maria Lomonaco

Maria Lomonaco

Titles: Primary School and Lower School Spanish Teacher
Rachel Mahaffey

Rachel Mahaffey

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher
Cat Thomas

Cat Thomas

Titles: 1st Grade Teaching Assistant
Kristin Uptmor

Kristin Uptmor

Titles: Primary School and Lower School Librarian; Primary School Technology Teacher