Ms. Denise Bloomquist

 Grade 2 Teacher; Athletic Director
 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 will be starting my 7th year at Star.  I have been teaching 2nd grade and absolutely love it!  I also am the Athletic Director and am able to coach a variety of sports at different levels.  I have 4 children.  Zach is married to Laura, and he teaches in Simpsonville, SC.  Abby works for Kids From Wisconsin and also at Sussex Hamilton High School.  Maddie is a senior at WLC this year and working on a Business  degree. Jack is a senior at WISCO this year and is active in sports.   Our family loves both sports and music!  We definitely have a heart for basketball and also football.  We take a family trip to Florida each spring. 
 
 
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
  • 2011-2016 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.
  • 2016-Present at Star of Bethlehem: Teach 2nd Grade, serve as Assistant Athletic Director, play the organ for worship services, and coach a team every 'season' (volleyball, basketball, 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 MyMath.  We learn through manipulatives, group work, smartboard calendar, and daily assignments. 

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.