Ms. Denise Bloomquist

 Grade 2 Teacher; Assistant Athletic Director
 Phone:262-786-2900 (after hours ext 117)
 Email: dbloomquist@starofbethlehem.org

I am filled with joy to be a part of the Star of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School family!  This church and school is a blessing to so many families and it is my privilege to serve here.  We have the opportunity to study and learn God's Word together every single day, in our classroom, in our weekly chapels, and in church worship.  We can then take His Word to others in the community to help others learn and grow in Him, as well.  What an awesome privilege that I am so thankful for!
 
Personal Background
 
I grew up in Crete, Illinois.  My parents believe in Christian education and sent me to a Lutheran grade school, Illinois Lutheran High School, and Martin Luther College.  I have 4 children: Zach, a sophomore at MLC; Abby, a freshman at WLC; Maddie, a junior at WISCO; and Jack, a 6th grader at Star of Bethlehem.  My personal interests are running, watching my children's activities, sports, and especially coaching basketball.  I also am a part of the Lutheran State Association of Wisconsin
 
Education and Experience
  • Graduated from Martin Luther College in 1994
  • Taught 3rd and 4th Grade in Campbellsport, WI for one year.  Played organ, directed adult choir, and coached volleyball and basketball.
  • Moved to Lawrenceville, GA and taught K-4 for 3 years and played organ.
  • Moved to Milwaukee, WI and taught Piano Lessons from 2000-Present
  • 2010 Teacher's Aid at Mt. Lebanon, Milwaukee
  • 2011 Taught 6th - 8th Grade Departmentalized second semester at St. Paul's, Muskego
  • 2011-Present Taught Kindergarten and then 2nd grade at St. Jacobi.  I played organ, accompanied lower grade choirs and classrooms, coached volleyball, all levels of basketball, and track.
Curriculum
 
In 2nd grade students begin the day with a devotion and Christ Light lesson.  This allows us time to focus and study His Word.  We can then see how God and His Word can be applied to our other lessons, throughout the day.

Our math curriculum is called Singapore Math.  We learn through manipulatives, group work, smartboard calendar, and daily assignments.  We also do model-drawing for word problems.

Reading is taught using groups, also called Literature Circles.  The children will have leveled books and meet with me daily.  We incorporate the Daily 5 into our lessons, as well:  Read to Self; Read to Others; Working with Words; Writing; and Listen to Reading.  This combination of activities and objectives, combined with strong Phonics, will produce stronger, confident readers.  English, Spelling, and Writing lessons will be a part of our schedule called Language Arts.

Science and Social Studies are taught through units.  Social Studies is the first semester and Science will be the second semester.  Our culminating Science activiy will be for our fair in the spring.