Welcome Students and Parents,
I am Mrs. Giese (my name rhymes with “rice”) and I am excited to join Jacob L. Devers this year as your sixth grade math teacher! I will be teaching our math classes with the Glencoe curriculum that follows the new PA Core standards. I am also teaching one block of Reading Edge.
Since I am a new face at Devers, you might be wondering a bit about who I am and what brought me here. I’m a mom of three and I have been home raising my own children for the last few years. I live in York with my husband, Eddie, and our three children. My son, Nicholas, is in first grade. My daughter, Abigail, is in kindergarten this year. Their little sister, Penelope, is two-and-a-half. We also have one very lazy dog, a beagle named Lucy.
Before staying home with my family I taught for the public school systems in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Tampa, Florida. I taught first grade, second grade, and served as a gifted specialist teaching math and science in grades 1-5. I began my teaching career in 2005, nine years ago.
I attended Notre Dame of Maryland University and received my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from that school. I am PA certified in grades K-6 and I earned my Gifted Specialist certificate while teaching in Florida.
I am proud to now be able to call myself a published children’s book author. My first book, The Cookie Jar Parable, was released earlier this year. I have also written articles for SMART Magazine here in York as well as Examiner.com, The Gifted Educational Press, and The Huffington Post.
I hold my students and myself to high standards and I expect you to bring your best self into my classroom every day. In return, I promise a great year and a lot of hands-on activities.
I think that all of the time and effort we put in together this year will add up to a great sixth grade year for you!