1st Grade Teachers
Mrs. Blount
Mrs. Gifford
Mrs. Shimala
Mrs. L.Smith
Mrs. Wolterink
(Learning Counselor)
Mrs. Gifford
(708) 895-3030 Ext. 2111
Welcome to First Grade!
Hello!  My name is Mrs. Gifford and I am so excited you are here!  We are going to learn so many new things this year!

About Mrs. Gifford
  I have been working at Nathan Hale for a year but I have worked as an educator for the last eight years!  My family moved to Lansing when I was six years old and I attended Nathan Hale, Heritage, and Thornton Fractional South High School.  After graduating from T.F. South, I went to Northern Illinois University (Go Huskies!) for four years and received my BA in Sociology with a minor in Family and Child Studies.  I then attended Olivet Nazarene University where I received my MA in Elementary Education.  I have worked with grades Pre-K through High school but my favorite level to teach is elementary.  This is my third year teaching first grade and I absolutely love this grade!
My husband, and I have two beautiful daughters, Madison and Mackenzie.  We love to spend time outside and watch movies together.  We also have two dogs, Izzy (8 years) and Lady (1 year).  They have a lot of energy!

Our Classroom
We are going to try flexible seating this year in first grade!  We are super excited to 

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