Hello Wolfpack Students and Families!
I am so happy to introduce myself to you. My name is Ms. Laura Altmaier (children can call me Ms. Laura or Ms. Altmaier, whichever is easier for them). I cannot wait to meet all of you in person! For now, Zoom will have to do. We will be starting our distance learning on August 3rd with the first week encompassing a lot of social/emotional work and getting to know each other. The second week we will start our regular curriculum. Over the summer, many Deer Valley educators worked very hard to get a platform for learning ready for you. It will be in Canvas. The platform is very organized and not overwhelming. I am so excited to work with Canvas during this first quarter, though it is brand new to me this year!
I have been teaching for 16 years. I taught multi-age first, second and third grade Montessori gifted children, fourth grade self-contained gifted in Peoria and now I am excited to join Deer Valley’s impressive district this year. I have three children and five (very young) grandchildren, two that go to Deer Valley schools. I have always been impressed with Deer Valley and somehow knew I would be joining this team eventually.
Canyon Springs is an amazing community. I love the STEM aspect of this school. I would add an A for STEAM – I went to art school and taught art for a while! I created, wrote curriculum and taught Science Club for five years. I was also an assistant coach for the Robotics Club in Peoria.
I will update you on times for our Zoom meetings as well as individual and small group lessons when I get word. The schedule is consistent throughout Deer Valley in Canvas – with some additional challenges for our gifted Renaissance students. I will tailor the schedule to what works for the majority of you.
Please let me know if you have enrolled in the Online Academy rather than the online and in person option because all of you were lumped together. On August 3rd I will begin teaching in person via Zoom for those enrolled in the In Person/Online choice.
I will record each day so that if you cannot make a live Zoom meeting your child will still be able to watch. As I said, I am very excited about this new platform. Your district did a phenomenal job this summer!
Please do not hesitate to email me with questions. I will be working hard to learn all of the new applications that Deer Valley uses. Please be patient with me as we work through this unprecedented time together.
I look forward to hearing from all of you! Please tell me a little about yourself and your child.
Ms. Laura Altmaier
Third Grade Renaissance Teacher