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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. Many of the hands-on, centers-based learning opportunities students are used to in Primary School 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
Sarah Aylsworth

Sarah Aylsworth

Titles: Dean of Teaching and Learning
Dewayne Bowden

Dewayne Bowden

Titles: Lower School PE Teacher; Lower School Athletics Coordinator
Sara Brannon

Sara Brannon

Titles: Primary School and Lower School Music Teacher, Choral Director
Roma Coleman

Roma Coleman

Titles: Director of Athletics
Amy Evans

Amy Evans

Titles: School Counselor
Angela Lopez

Angela Lopez

Titles: Primary School and Lower School Spanish Teacher
Rachel Mahaffey

Rachel Mahaffey

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher
Meredith Mejia

Meredith Mejia

Titles: 1st Grade Teacher
Kristin Sullivan

Kristin Sullivan

Titles: School Chaplain
Kristin Uptmor

Kristin Uptmor

Titles: Librarian; Technology Teacher
Heather Williams

Heather Williams

Titles: Head of Lower School
Jarred  Williams

Jarred Williams

Titles: Physical Education Teacher, 5th through 8th Grade