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Who is Mrs. Paulsen?

Mrs. Paulsen
This section is to give you a chance to get to know a bit more about me.
This is my 13th year of teaching, and my 10th year here at Miller. I started my teaching career in Arizona. I have taught first grade and second grade. I grew up in Bismarck, graduating from Century High School. I have a B.A. in English and Honors, as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education, and a Master's in Educational Leadership all from the University of North Dakota.
I have three children, Kristian, Siri, and Anders and a husband, Steve. I am a member of the Bismarck Education Association, NDEA, Bismarck Prairie Rose Lions, Past President of the PTO here at Miller, and sing with my family in my church choir.
I love to garden, read, paint, cook, make jewelry and scrapbook. I also love to drink Starbucks coffee-- it is my one vice!!

I think it is very important to effectively communicate what your personal teaching philosophy is. Here are my basic beliefs which are in action in my classroom:

1. Research guides my teaching. I believe in implementing ideas and learning techniques that have a strong foundation in educational and brain research.
2. Hands-on learning is best. Children learn through play in primary grades. I use literacy centers, math games and other hands-on approaches to give students practice.
3. Structure and routine is important. We have built in routines for the day, week and month. Children are taught all kinds of routines and procedures so they can always feel comfortable and know what will be coming next. I try to present things in a way that is very clear for students.
4. Students all have individual strengths and weaknesses. I believe in building on those strengths and lifting up areas of challenge for each child.
5. Reading is the most important thing you can do with your child. Reading gives parents and children quality time together and opens doors for conversation about things happening in your child's life. Those conversations become even more important as your child grows older.

I welcome any questions or comments you may have at any time. The fastest way to communicate with me is via e-mail, but you may always send a note or call the school as well.

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