First Grade Team

Jillian Christensen

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Hi Kendallvue Community! My name is Jillian Christensen. This will be my first year teaching, and I could not be more excited to begin my career teaching fourth grade at Kendallvue!

I grew up in Australia and Littleton, CO. I attended a few different schools growing up, including some in Jeffco! I recently graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies.

When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family and friends! I enjoy trying new restaurants, finding cozy coffee shops, shopping, and playing field hockey. I also love traveling to new cities and countries, but my favorite place to be is always in the mountains!

I have been dreaming of the day when I’d have my own classroom with my very own students - I can’t believe that day is finally here! I believe in creating a safe and inclusive environment where students can explore their interests and discover new passions. I am looking forward to establishing a learning community where my students can work together, support one another, and challenge each other. When I was in school, my teachers always took the time to develop a lasting relationship with me and to understand my needs as a learner - I hope to be that type of teacher for your students this year and in the years to come. This is going to be a year of tremendous growth for both my students and myself, and I am so excited to get started!

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Lynda Weiman

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I’m excited and happy to be teaching first grade this coming school year! This will be my 18th year teaching 1st grade and 27th year teaching at Kendallvue. I was raised in McCook, Nebraska and graduated from Peru State College (in Nebraska,) student taught in Lincoln, Nebraska, and earned my master’s degree from the University of New England. I love Colorado and all that it has offered my family and me!

I have two grown children. My daughter, Kaitlyn, graduated from Metropolitan State College. She will begin her 3rd full-time position teaching 7th & 8th-grade math at Alameda High School this fall. Her passion growing up was riding horses at Westernaires with her friends and continues to ride her horse during the summer in rodeos and parades. My son, Blake, is a professional baseball player. He was drafted in 2017 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and has moved up through the minor league system quickly. He started in short-season A then went to long season A, Advanced A, AA and currently he’s playing in AAA with the Indianapolis Indians. We are confident he’ll make the next big step to the majors and fulfill his lifetime dream! When I’m not following my children’s events I like to visit family in Nebraska, walk my dapple dachshund-Kaiya, read, workout, & relax with friends.   

I believe experiencing a strong foundation in elementary school is key to success! I want and work to give that to every child in my class. My goal each
 year is to challenge students while instilling confidence in themselves that sets them up for trying new things, making new friends, and exploring their way through the learning process. I love what I do, because I get to see such tremendous growth in children in one year, as well as, follow them as they become young adults. It’s all about giving back what was given to me and was given to my own children as they got their education and became successful adults. I am so thankful to the teachers my own children had at Kendallvue and know you will feel the same!

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Amy Larson 

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My name is Amy Larson and I'm thrilled to be teaching 1st grade again! This will be my 9th year teaching and 3rd year here at Kendallvue in 1st grade. Prior to Kendallvue, I spent my first 3 years teaching full-day Kindergarten at a fully inclusive charter school in Aurora. My husband's job then moved us to Boise where I taught full-day Kindergarten with two classes, coming every other day. Thankfully my husband's job moved us again back to our home state where I then taught half-day Kindergarten, 2nd-grade math, science and social studies, 4th-grade reading and 5th-grade math at Stony Creek in Jeffco. I graduated with my bachelor's degree with an emphasis in elementary education from the University of Colorado Denver and hope to start my journey towards my master's degree soon!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and 2 rescue mutts, playing (and watching) most sports, working out and being outdoors. I grew up playing and trying almost all sports but found a love for softball and basketball. I have played the piano since I was about 3 years old and the flute since I was in 5th grade. Most game days you will find me in my Broncos gear!

Growing up I was the kid with a classroom in my basement, playing "school" constantly. I would mimic teachers that had the most influence on me- teaching my stuffed animals, chalkboard and all, eventually upgrading to a whiteboard. I truly believe every kiddo can learn in their own form and want to succeed. Building a trusting, safe and loving classroom begins right away and is absolutely a building block to a successful school year. I feel so fortunate to be in this position with every day being different than the last, watching the children grow into successful, kind and happy individuals.

I'm looking forward to another wonderful year here at Kendallvue!

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