Meet Your Teacher – Mrs. Rapp

I welcome you and your child to Kindergarten at St. Rene Goupil. Kindergarten is an important year in your child’s all round development: physically, socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually. Let me introduce who will be helping your you and your child with this

My name is Mrs. R. Rapp
I am married, the mother of two, and the “Nana” of four granddaughters.
I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood education and almost 30 years of experience teaching preschool and kindergarten.
I have received two national teaching awards and have been nominated for both the Kohl McCormick Early Childhood and the Walt Disney Teaching Award.
I have traveled to China as part of an American delegation, to learn and discuss the education of young children.
I have presented at ECE conferences both locally and nationally and at local colleges.

I continue to learn by attending conference that expand my knowledge of the needs of the kindergarten child

My philosophy

.I believe that a child’s education does not begin and end at the school door but is an all day, everyday process.

I believe that a child’s success is enhanced when parents take an active role in their child’s education.
I believe that READING is vital to a child’s vocabulary development, stimulation of the imagination, oral comprehension and interest or desire to learn. Daily reading is a must, both at school and at home. Fifteen minutes daily can make a tremendous difference in a child’s success in school.
I believe that young children learn best through play, using the five senses and hands-on experimentation.
I believe that we must all work together: teacher and child; family and child; and teacher and parents.
I believe good study habits begin now. Written homework will be given, as well as homework that involves the family; practice of printing letters and numbers and the review of vocabulary words.

I was asked what the greatest gift I ever received was. Well as a teacher it is the moment that a child makes a connection between sounding out letters, blending the sounds and reading a word. Once reading begins it is hard to stop.
Once again welcome to Kindergarten: WHERE LEARNING IS FUN and FUN IS LEARNING.