Mrs. Heather Gagnon

 Grade 3 Teacher
 Phone:262-786-2900 (after hours ext 118)
 Email: hgagnon@starofbethlehem.org

I feel privileged to be a Christian day school teacher. As a teacher, it is my joy to find out where each child is academically and take them to the next level. I appreciates that God has blessed every child with his/her own unique abilities and talents. I feel an important part of a child’s success is parental support and open communication. It is my prayer that as the students and I study God’s Word and apply it throughout the day, we all will grow closer to our Savior.

 
Personal Background
 
I am married to a wonderful man. We have been blessed with a daughter and a son; in addition, I have two terrific step sons. I grew up in the Milwaukee area and always
attended Lutheran schools. My interests beyond school revolve around sports, music, and nature. I am
fortunate to have my family live nearby in the surrounding Milwaukee area.
 
Education and Experience
  • 1995 Graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College
  • 1995 Two year call: Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wisconsin. I was a dormitory supervisor for freshman through senior girls, taught 9th grade General Science, coached pom-poms, and developed the choreography for their musicals.
  • 1997 First permanent call: Taught grades 3-6 in Sleepy Eye, MN. My call also included Athletic director and youth group leader.
  • 2000: Accepted call to teach 2nd grade at Star of Bethlehem
  • Currently, I am teaching 3rd grade. I continue to return to Luther Preparatory to choreograph their musicals.
Curriculum
 
Active learning takes place in our classroom by using as many of the five senses as possible and by
talking about what we are learning. Our room is not always a silent one, but it is structured in order to
effectively teach and have a good learning environment for each student.
 
A typical day in our classroom includes Word of God, Reading, Math, Language, Spelling, and Writing.
Subjects that are covered twice a week are Science, Social Studies, Penmanship, Music, and Physical
Education. Art is taught at the end of the week. God’s Word is integrated into all subject matter
throughout the day, where it is appropriate.
 
Reading is taught using a balanced reading approach. The language processes, (listening, speaking,
reading, and writing), are learned naturally and in meaningful context. Strategies needed for reading, are taught in the context of “real” books, stories, and
poetry. Reading is everywhere, all day in our classroom. Students will review phonics rules, increase
reading fluency, and learn more comprehension strategies.
 
In Writing, the students learn to think about, use their knowledge, and do research to write compositions.
Along with applying phonics, they will have an opportunity to practice their penmanship, learn about
 
the writing process, grammar, and mechanics of good writing. At the end of the writing time, one or two
children will have the opportunity to share their work with their classmates.
A typical math class includes a lesson taught through modeling, practice time, hands-on activity, or
game to reinforce the lesson. Assignments show that they have an understanding of the concept.
 
Other Areas of Service in the Church and School
  • Curriculum Coordinator
  • Grandparent Day Coordinator
  • Member of Praise Band