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Faculty Friday: Miss Natalie Krzemienski

Natalie Krzemienski

 

2nd Grade Teacher

 

Education: B.A. in History and B.A. in Human Development & Family Studies, with Concentration in Childhood & Adolescent Development, UConn. Masters of Education, K-6, Sacred Heart University.

 

When did you join Greenwich Catholic School?

I came to GCS as a 2nd Grade Teacher during the 2016-2017 school year to replace a teacher who was moving out of the area. Right away I felt like part of the GCS family, and I am so happy to continue teaching 2nd Grade this year.

 

What can 2nd Graders look forward to during the 2nd half of the school year?

We are going to be working on our Science Fair submission soon, which will be a STEM-based project on recycling. The students will build robots out of recyclable materials. The students will work in small groups to create robots out of recyclable materials. Their robots must have moving parts, stand for at least 30 seconds, and have a purpose. This project encourages problem-solving skills, critical thinking and group collaboration, which are crucial to success in the classroom.

 

What is your favorite subject to teach?

I love to teach reading and witness students’ comprehension evolve as they progress through the stages of literacy. We spend time writing “All About…” books, which allows the students to explore topics of personal interest, expand on ideas, and build chapters based on facts. Nonfiction texts are introduced during 2nd Grade, and the “All About” books are meant to encourage students to “read to learn” rather than “learn to read.”

 

What surprises you about your students?

They are incredibly intuitive. They ask very specific questions and analyze the answers very carefully. My class also has a great sense of humor - sometimes they don’t realize how funny they are!

 

When you’re not at GCS, where can we find you?

I love hanging out with my friends and family (including our family dog and 4 cats), and you may be surprised that I love doing crafts, especially knitting. During the summer, I work at a day camp that keeps me very busy, and on weekends you’ll find me at the beach on the Jersey Shore at my family’s beach house. As a UConn alum, I also love watching both Men’s and Women’s College Basketball. I also follow the NY Giants and am looking forward to seeing how the new coach does next season.

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