Grade 2

Nicole McLellan, Second Grade Teacher

 

Tell us about yourself:

I grew up in Rockland and moved to Pennsylvania for a nanny position after graduating from the University of New England in 2003. In April of 2004 I went to a teacher job fair and was hired for a Kindergarten position at a Charter School in Middletown, Delaware. I taught Kindergarten there for 8 years. I have always wanted to raise my family near my extended family back in Maine. In 2012 I took a K/1 multiage teaching position in Wiscasset, Maine. With budget cuts, I was moved to Chelsea (a 45 minute drive from my home in Thomaston) so I applied elsewhere. I have always wanted to teach an older grade and when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it!

My husband and I just celebrated our 8-year anniversary. We have two children: Noah (just turned 7) and Leah (will be 3 in December). My family loves being back by the ocean and our families. We spend a lot of time outside hiking, swimming, playing at the park, and the boys love to golf!

 

Why do you like to teach second grade:

This is my first year teaching second grade and I am so excited! I worked with two classes of first grades last year on Reading, Writer’s Workshop, and Math and I’m looking forward to continuing on from where I left off with a new group of 7 year olds! 

 

What are your favorite units?

I really enjoy teaching Reading and Writing together and look forward to doing written responses to books like Flat Stanley, Magic Tree House, Poppleton, and many others. 

Science is another great subject for little ones because it’s all new to them and they LOVE hands on work with bugs, worms, plants, and any living organism! 

 

What is your parent contact plan?

I really enjoy parents in my room and welcome it. I send home a parent volunteer calendar each month for parents to sign up to volunteer. The students also have home to school binders that go home each day and have a section for parent/teacher communication. I welcome emails and phone calls as well.

 

What are your homework guidelines?

Homework will go home on Fridays and be due back the following Thursday. Inside the packets will be spelling, math, and writing work. The students are expected to read for 15 minutes each night and record it in the reading log. I also ask that reading responses are completed for books that come home from reading groups with me.