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About Me

With enthusiasm I join Global Village Academy in its mission to prepare this generation for a rapidly shrinking global community. I am excited for our students experiencing other cultures and languages, preparing them for a world community. As a team member, I look forward to providing my first grade students a strong foundation to reading, writing, and speaking English.
As a child I remember playing school and wanting to become a teacher. Teaching runs in my family with my brother, mother, and grandparents having been teachers. This lead to my earning a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Bethany College, Kansas and Master’s in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I have taught in a variety of capacities from preschool, to kindergarten, and middle school special education. As an adult, I can think of nothing more rewarding than watching students grow educationally, emotionally, and physically!
Personally, I love to learn about different cultures and have visited eleven countries in Eastern and Western Europe. I also participated in four mission trips within the America’s. In addition to traveling, I enjoy family time with my two nephews, Robert and Hunter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking my lab/boxer mix Babe, and scrapbooking.
I am looking forward to the school year ahead!

Recent Posts

May 20-23

This week Field Day is Wednesday from 9:00AM-1:45 PM.  Please dress comfortably, but for the elements.  Our last day is Thursday and we are done at 12:00 PM.  I am planning to do a small end of the year party starting at 11:00 and please join us if you are able.  
I have really enjoyed teaching and working with your children this school year.

May 13-17

I would like to wish all mom's, a happy Mother's Day.  This week we will learn about words with -ow, geography landforms, and natural resources.  

May 6 - May 10

Since magnets were missing the door has been locked.  I am sad to say now our classroom is missing two pairs of scissors.  If you happen to see them at home please return. 
I put through the Scholastic book order this morning. 
The schoolwide focus for Sources of Strength is on exercise for the month of May.  I will be sending home an exercise calendar that should be turned back in 14 days.
This week we will begin to learn how to write a letter, point of view is a story, and words with -igh.

April 29-May 3

This week we are learning about the vowel team -oo and writing an informational piece about the inventors we have been learning about.   We have MAPS testing Monday and Friday as well as DIBLES on Thursday.  Book orders went home this past Friday and are due this Friday.
Thank you so much for all the help with sapling books and cutting out lamination pieces.  

April 23-26

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I am happy to say someone brought back the magnets for the board!  This week we will work with the vowel team oa, learn about some American inventors, work more with words ending in -le, and start another informative writing piece.


Dear Parents,
In the last couple of weeks, random things have gone missing from my classroom.  We are missing magnetic letters, magnetic syllables, plastic geometric shapes, black circle magnets, sun magnets, and other math materials.  It is difficult to teach without these materials and they are really expensive.  If you find any that have accidentally made it into backpacks or pockets, please send them back to school.
Thank you,
Ms. Folkestad

April 15-18

It was great to see many of you at our first school auction this past weekend.  This Thursday evening is spirit nigh at Chuckie Cheese and coupons were put Friday folders.  Friday there is no school and next Monday an instructional day for teachers only.
This week we will continue working with vowel teams and informative writing.  We will also learn about goods and services.

April 8-12

This week we are learning about vowel team ee, cause and effect, as well as how to read maps.
Book orders were placed this past weekend and should arrive early next week.
I hope to see many of you at our upcoming auction on Saturday at Deep Space Event Center starting at 6:00 pm.

April 1-5

Friday I sent home report cards and Scholastic book orders in Friday folders.  We were missing about 8 folders so if you didn't send your folder the papers are in backpacks.  A reminder that when you order books we earn books for the classroom.  Orders are due by this coming Friday.  Also note, this coming Friday is our Cameroon International Day with an early release.
This week we will start to learn about vowel teams, finish contractions, continue informative writing, and work more with math word problems.
I am wondering who would be available for doing some cutting or bookmaking from home for some of your volunteer hours?  I need some help.  Thanks! :)

March 11-13

This week we will continue learning different kinds of poetry, learn the r blends, and review.  In guided reading groups we will continue to learn and practice different reading strategies.  Report cards will be printed on Wednesday and passed out to those of you who do not have a conference.  If you have a conference Thursday or Friday that is when you will receive them.  

March 4-8

This week we will be doing more with poetry, learn more about blends, -ot word family, and start to learn reading strategies.  Book orders will be coming home sometime this week.  Thanks to the Chinese Village families who were able to come this past Wednesday for a mini-lesson for the prospective families. 
Also, this week is Read Across America and we have the following planned:
Tuesday- book buddy reading
Wednesday- dress as your favorite book character
Thursday- Snuggle- Up - and- Read - Day, an entire day of reading/ literacy activities.  Feel free to dress in your PJ's, bring a blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal, as well as a favorite book.
Also, be sure to check out our GVA-DC Facebook page to watch and listen to some of the teachers read their favorite picture books. 

February 25- March 1

Thank you to those of you who placed Scholastic book orders.  We were able to get some awesome leveled books for read-to self-time!   We are going to work on prepositions, consonant blends, and opinion writing.   Remember if you ordered butter braids pick up is on Tuesday.  Also, Friday is Ireland International Day with an early release.

Feb 18-22

Scholastic book orders are due by Saturday.
This week we will be comparing two-digit numbers in math, learning the -it family, writing more with opinions, and learning some about our presidents.

Feb 11-15

We are going to learn about Oreo opinion writing, work with word family -in, and continuing to learn about r-controlled vowel patterns.  In math, we will look at place value. Please join us for a small Valentines party on Thursday at 2:30 P.M. and see the email with details.  Remember Friday is a teacher in-service day and Monday is President's Day.

Feb 4-8

We are going to be learning about the narrator point of view and r-controlled vowels this week.  
1. Butter Braid sales continue through 2/18.  They will be delivered 2/26 and will be available for pick up from 3:30- 6:00 in the cafeteria.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 sellers.  Any questions please email Jennifer Smith at
2. Please turn in 10 Box Tops per child by this Friday for a prize.