Mrs. Zider's First Grade Class...

No "Lion"! We Take Pride in Learning!

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Meet Mrs. Zider

NAME: Mrs. Nancy Zider

SCHOOL: Pioneer Elementary School

GRADE: First

SCHOOL PHONE: 630-771-2420

Meet Mrs. Zider

Hi! I’m Mrs. Nancy Zider, a first grade teacher, here at Pioneer School.  I 
am looking forward to a great year as "We Take PRIDE in Learning" this 
year in Grade 1.  I received my undergraduate degree from 
Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  My Master’s Degree is from Benedictine 
University in Technology and Curriculum and Instruction.  I have been 
teaching for thirty + years with some time off to raise my children.  I 
taught first and second grade and worked as a Library/LMC Director in Ohio 
before having children.  While my children were young I worked part time as a 
preschool teacher and as a Reading Recovery teacher.  Since being hired in 
the Valley View District I have worked as an LMC Director, bilingual 
kindergarten teacher, kindergarten teacher, and now have happily landed in 
first grade.

My teaching style is a hands-on approach with active learning through the 
use of centers, reading and writing workshops, and math stations.  I make 
learning fun!  By having a chance to make appropriate choices children are 
empowered to reach new heights in learning.  I teach the children to learn 
to read strategically which will help them in the grades to come.  I 
believe in a strong home and school connection and that by working as a 
team we will help your child be the best he/she can be in first grade.  I 
pride myself on instilling a lifelong love of reading and learning in my 
students.  Most of all, I want your child to feel success everyday and to 
love school and learning.

My family is very important to me.  I have a husband (Dave), a son (Matt), 
a daughter (Emily), a daughter-in-law (Elizabeth), a golden doodle mini dog, 
(Sunny), and a cat (Milo).  
Matt graduated from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering and from 
Butler with an MBA.  He is an electrical engineer in Indianapolis.  Emily 
graduated from University of Illinois in Sociology and "international student 
travel".  She is currently working at the University of Southern Maine as an 
International Student Travel Coordinator.Elizabeth and Matthew just got 
married last August. She works for a tech firm in Indianapolis. My husband 
and I love to spend time traveling, walking our dog and just relaxing 
together.   We both love it on the rare occasions when our whole family is in 
the same place at the same time.  
In my free time I like to read, garden, watch movies, shop, travel, work out, 
and eat out.  I would have to say that spending time as a family together is 
my very favorite activity. We just spent time in Maine together this 

I truly love teaching, especially first grade!  I so enjoy six and seven 
year olds and all the joy they bring to our classroom.  I am looking forward 
to getting to know you all…students and parents, and expect to have another 
fantastic year at Pioneer Elementary!  By working together we will help your 
child excel beyond your dreams as we "work in our pride of little lions" to 
insure success for your child this year!

Our Class Mission Statement

We will work as a team to do our very best so that we are learning the most 
that we can.  We will learn to think, challenge ourselves, and be lifelong 
learners.  We will decide on classroom rules to follow so that we have a 
safe and happy place to learn.  We know that we all make mistakes and we can 
learn from them.  We will be kind and respectful to each other.  We will be 
safe and caring citizens.  We know we are responsibile for ourselves.  We 
will do tons of reading, math, writing, and other fun things so that we love 
learning.  At home we will read and do homework so we can be the "BEST WE 
CAN BE!!!!!!"

A Few of My Favorite Things...

Color:Sky Blue
Season: Fall
Flower: Daisies
Type of Food: Mexican, Italian
Candy: Chocolate
Restaurants:Front Street Cantina, Kumas, Clara's
Movies: Somewhere in Time, August Rush, You've Got Mail, Sleepless 
        in Seattle 
TV Shows: House Hunters International, any Beach Living show
Musical Artists:Lady Antebellum, Train, Echosmith, Frank Sinatra, 
                Andrea Bocelli, and country music too!  
Things to Collect:Children's books!
Adult Authors:Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks, Ann Patchett, Anna Quindlen
Children's Authors:Kevin Henkes, Eve Bunting, Jan Brett, Tomie dePaola
Vacation Spots:Capri, Italy...Siena, Italy...Punta Cana, Dominican 
Republic... Glen Arbor, Michigan, Turks and Caicos, Maine, and beaches 

Affirmations for Teachers
1.I am proud to be a teacher.
2.Teaching is one of the most honorable and noble of all professions.
3.I LOVE what I do and know that my enthusiasm is contagious.
4.I bring knowledge, dedication, and understanding to my classroom.
5.I make a positive difference in my students' lives.
6.My students will be better people because of my efforts and I will be a 
better person because of them.
7.I know what I give to my students will come back to me in many wonderful 
and unexpected ways.
Source: DailyApples.com




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