On Monday, we interviewed for our 5th grade opening. We had several outstanding candidates and I am happy to share the news with you that Mr. Mark Richner has joined our 5th grade team. Mark comes highly recommend and his passion for learning and working with students was evident during our interview. As way of an introduction, I have asked Mark to share a bit about himself. You can find that below.
I would like to thank Paul Colvin and Abby Rotwein for their help with our interviews.
I am excited to be teaching fifth grade at Lewis! I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin, where I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then taught elementary school in the Madison public schools. Evie, my wonderful wife, got into graduate school to pursue an art degree at the University of Florida in 2011. During our “Florida years,” I got my masters in elementary education while working at a school with elementary kids and student teachers in the University of Florida elementary teacher preparation program. So I’ve worked with students from age five through 23! It has been a busy and productive summer. Evie and I took time to visit with friends and family, including my grandma, aunts, uncles, parents, her sister and brother-in-law, and my brother who lives in Seattle. There were plenty of evening walks and bike rides around the neighborhood, two of my favorite ways to wind down a summer day. It’s going to be an exciting school year! I look forward to meeting each of you and getting to know the Lewis Elementary community.