WELCOME to Mrs. Cargill Cruz's 4th Grade Class
Meet Mrs. Cruz
I am delighted to meet you and support your child as educational partners at Saltar’s Point. I’d like to share my own path as an educator.
My father retired from the Air Force when I was born, so I was raised in Illinois with my parents and four older brothers. Marrying in my early twenties, I had the honor of living in many beautiful places with my four children as a part of our military family. Remarried now, my wonderful husband and I have a blended family with six adult children. I enjoy time with our family, walking daily, gardening, reading, art, dance, and especially teaching.
I graduated from the University of Washington and went back to school when my youngest son was in middle school. My teaching certificate is from St. Martin’s University and my masters is from Walden University. My first year of teaching was in fourth grade followed by several years as a seventh grade math and science teacher in University Place. As an intervention math teacher, I spent several more years at Pioneer before returning to fourth grade. It is a privilege to work in Steilacoom School District where the focus includes high academic standards along with (SEL) Social Emotional Learning. I appreciate our district’s commitment to Neural Education. I am passionate about learning and implementing the brain science of learning tools. As the year unfolds, I will share more about this important work.
I love teaching and I am committed to inspiring life-long learners! I look forward to meeting you and your child soon.
A Few Notes about Our ClassWelcome Students, Parents, and Guardians,
I look forward to meeting each of you as we start our 4th grade journey together. It is very exciting to partner with you. Every person deserves an opportunity to love learning. Some of my guiding principles include:
We are TRANSFORMING OUR LEARNING…TOGETHER therefore, we will:
Be Kind, Polite, Patient, and Respectful (Self and others)
Be Prepared (Materials ready and a positive growth mindset)
Be Active Learners (Ask questions and participate fully)
Be Supportive (Encourage each other to persevere)
Neural Education and My Dedication to Diverse Learners
People learn in differing ways. When children understand their own unique learning styles and how to regulate their emotions, they are better able to have a positive growth mindset. Students will make connections within and across academic content areas in Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. We will understand the value of analyzing mistakes, collaborating with others, and the process of learning. A motto posted in our class: “Mistakes are Expected, Inspected, and Respected.” When we switch our paradigm and realize that mistakes are opportunities for personal growth, many fears about learning disappear.
Research shows that young learners need frequent opportunities to have brain breaks or Power Ups so they can maintain motivation and persevere through challenges. We will incorporate stress reducing activities including mindfulness breathing, exercise/movement, visualization, etc. into our daily routines. My goal is to support your students as they discover their own academic autonomy and intrinsic motivation. The joy of learning happens when we have confidence in our capabilities and can access an array of learning tools.
3. Parent Square Communication
The best way to communicate with me is through Parent Square or by email. firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to partnering with you. We are going to have an amazing year together!