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    Christine Placide
    1st Grade

    Hello –

    Welcome to my AWESOME 1st grade class.  My name is Mrs. Christine Placide.  First and foremost, let me thank you in advance for allowing me to engage the hearts and minds of your child. While we study topics with purpose and flexibility, I hope many opportunities arise where your child's  ideas will flourish and their creativity blossom as the year goes on.

    I was born in Jamaican, West Indies where I’ve always admired their rigorous, approach to teaching.  It was however in New York City (Queens) at my elementary school that I developed my love for teaching. I always admired how my 3rd grade teacher was always able to make us all feel like her own, although we were of different ethnic and cultural background.  I knew my dream of becoming a teacher was not going to be at all possible if I did not further my education so after I graduated high school I then went on to college.  Thereafter, I earned my Masters in Education.  After graduating, I decided to get my feet wet by substituting for a few months, which ultimately turned into several years.  During that time, I was in numerous long term sub positions.  My experience allowed me to work with 8th, 7th, 5th, Pre-k, 2nd and finally 1st  grade.

    My family keeps me very busy on the weekends.  I am married with 4 kids (21, 15, 11 and 9).  My hobbies include shopping, reading, gardening, and working out (I say that one lightly).

    I believe that all children learn in different ways and at different levels, therefore I take my job very seriously.  I take pride in making sure my students comprehend the materials that the grade standards requires them to know. 

    Nelson Mandela said it best..... “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  I thank you once again for entrusting me with that weapon to influence, mold, and leave a lasting impression on your child, as my 3rd grade teacher once did for me.