Welcome to Mrs. Selner's 3rd Grade Class!
Hi! My name is Kristen Selner, and this is my fifth year teaching 3rd grade.
I believe in educating with creativity, music and the arts. Classrooms should be full of life, learning and FUN! Students should be learning in different ways that allow them to explore ideas supported by critical thinking, inquiry and hands on experiences. Students will have the ability to apply, analyze and reflect on knowledge constructed within the classroom. My classroom will be open to change and I will adapt to what my students want to learn and how my students learn best. I will encourage students to speak their mind and share their ideas by creating a safe and supportive environment. I will develop a sense of classroom community and teamwork where students will support one another both in and out of the classroom. I will often remind the students that making mistakes is sometimes necessary because it is how we learn and grow as individuals. I will construct units, lessons and discussions that revolve around distinct essential questions, which will push students to think deeper and fight harder for answers. This will also encourage me to create activities and lessons in a variety of ways to make certain I appeal to the different types of learners in the classroom. I will encourage out-of-the-box thinking, and give every child the chance to succeed and grow. I will use music every day in the classroom to foster the exploration of ideas with a creative and innovative approach.
I believe in open communication from the child, parent, teacher and administration. Please feel free to call me or email me at any time. I am willing to talk about any topic you deem important for your child. Please allow for a 24 hour turn-around time on communication. Please do not leave messages or send emails that address your child’s bus or parent pick-up plans, as there are times that I cannot check voicemail until after school. These calls will need to be addressed with the main office.
Overall, I hope to encourage and support the dreams and aspirations of my students. I hope to engage these students every day and guide them to be responsible, respectful, kind and considerate. We will laugh a little, learn a lot and have FUN doing it!
I am a musician! While attending Belmont University, I also worked on my vocals. I teach voice, and I just love music! I will try to bring music into the classroom as much as possible because I believe it is extremely valuable. I love to be creative, use technology and I am a future driven teacher.
Masters: John Carroll University (University Heights, OH 2014) – Masters in Education (K-5th)
Bowling Green University (Bowling Green, OH 2014) – Reading Endorsement (K-12)
Bachelors: Belmont University (Nashville, TN, 2008) – Bachelor of Business Administration (emphasis in Music Business)
High School: Hudson (2004)
Teaching: Hudson City Schools (3rd grade) September 2014 - present
Student Teaching: Orange City Schools (Kindergarten and 5th)
Aug. 2014 – May 2015
Vocal/Acting Coach: June 2008 - Present
Work Experience: Director of Operations at Barrett Benefits Group (Beachwood, Ohio) – November 2009 – January 2015
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School Phone: 330-653-1246 (Main Line), ext. 4171
Home Phone (After 6pm): 330-715-8985