Phone: 208-578-5050 ext. 2525


Degrees and Certifications:

BA: University of the Pacific - Stockton, California Reading Recovery, Portland University IMSE Orton Gillingham

Mrs. Fitzpatrick


This year will be my 40th year teaching!!! I began my teaching career at Hemingway Elementary in 1981 teaching 4th, 6th, and then 3rd grade.  I taught here for 11 years, then moved away for 17 years; the stars aligned and I was able to come back full circle!  I have worked in 4 different schools, 3 different states, and with 12 different principals.  Over the course of time, I have taught every grade K-6 at least one year or more!  The majority of my teaching career has been in the regular classroom in the primary grades K and 1.  I became Reading Recovery certified in Portland, Oregon which gave me a keen understanding in teaching struggling students how to read by "untangling" their confusions. Last spring I took a class for Orton-Gillingham and enjoy this methodology for reaching students with what they really need to soar as readers and writers (and spellers.)

My passion is connecting with children and creating a relationship at their level by helping them feel like family (almost) when I work with them.  

I LOVE being with children and spending time with them every day. In my free time I enjoy being with my family, skiing, swimming with a Master's group, biking, READING!, drawing, writing, and playing my dog Ally.


This link gives parents some key pointers of how to read with their child at home.  


Ummm...if you are still reading my site - I need to add on: The only part I would like to edit is that when your child works at a "tricky/new" word and then wonders if it is correct - YOU give the prompt: "YOU decide*."  This way, the child is learning and confirming all by themselves. 


*"You Decide" by cross-checking:

1) Does the word MAKE SENSE?  [i.e. is it horse or is it a pony?]

2) Does it SOUND RIGHT?  [Could the book read: "The cowboy rode the horse?"  Do we TALK THAT WAY?]

3) Do ~most of the letters match?  ...even the letters in the middle of the word?...?

Then you know if you are correct or not!  If you are incorrect, re-read and try again!