Riffenburgh Elementary School

1320 East Stuart Street Fort Collins CO 80525
Principal: Melanie Mierzwa
Phone:(970) 488-7935 Fax:(970) 488-7937 Attendance: (970) 488-7936
Hours:8:45am-3:28pm 1/2 Day Kindergarten Hours:8:45am-12:30pm

Mrs. Tracy Alexander

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About Me
How many years have you been doing your job? How many years at Riffenburgh?: 

This is my third year teaching, as well as my third year at Riffenburgh. My first year at Riffenburgh I taught Kindergarten. I was excited for an opportunity to move to third grade and this is now my second year teaching 3rd grade. I used to coach gymnastics and teach preschool - which has put me in front of large groups of young children since I was in high school. I have also been a teacher intern through the Stanley British Primary School Teacher Prep Program, and I spent one semester co-teaching in a K/1 classroom Denver Public Schools classroom, and one semester teaching in a K/1/2 Stanley British Primary School classroom. Additionally, I have substitute taught in all grades. Now that I am here, not a day goes by that I am not incredibly grateful to be a part of the Riffenburgh community. 

What I love most about teaching is…: 

The children, of course. I love the moment when I child finally understands something they have been struggling with, or completes something they have worked hard on. I love being a part of the spark that ignites within a child when they tap into a love for learning. I can see it in their eyes, and that spark drives me to be better each and every single day. I also love the little moments, creating connections with each of my students, inside jokes, connections and laughter. Additionally, I love letting your children change me. Each year I become a better teacher because of the children in my class, and there's really nothing more I can ask for from my occupation.

My favorite children's book or author is...: 

I love, love the Harry Potter series, and the Fablehaven series. I have read them repeatedly. 

My hometown is...: 

San Jose, California. 

My Interests & Hobbies include...: 

Playing with my puppies, cooking, gardening, running, hiking, camping, reading, knitting, or simply sipping a hot cup of tea. 

My Classroom
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Kindergarten, 3rd Grade

About My Classroom: 

Without children in my classroom I would have no job, no purpose, no passion. Because of this, I believe learning should revolve around the children. When they are active in their learning, they will more readily soak up the information I am teaching. I try to make my lessons relevant to their lives. In my classroom, I make mistakes-- and I leave room for the children to correct me. I leave room for them to teach and learn from one another. I embrace wonder and I want to help them on their journey towards making sense of this world. At the same time, I do believe in setting high expectations. We are all capable of so much more than we think, and I want to convince my students that they can be their best. I hope to instill a sense of intrinsic motivation to learn, to challenge onself, and to grow within every child who walks through my classroom door.