Welcome to Mrs. Fitzpatrick's Page
Phone: (208) 578-5050 Ext. 2525
Degrees and Certifications:
BA: University of the Pacific, Liberal Studies / Social & Behavior Science
This year will be my 37th 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. 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 Masters group, biking, READING!, drawing, writing and playing my new puppy named Ally.
This link gives parents some key pointers of how to read with their child at home.
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 themself.
*"You Decide" by cross checking:
1) Does the word MAKE SENSE? [i.e. is it horse or is it 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!