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I hope you everyone had a great summer! My name is Zachary Gearhart, and this is my first-year teaching at Eagleside Elementary. I was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado where I also went to Colorado Mesa University to obtain my bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with an emphasis in mathematics. I graduated in December of 2018 and began my teaching career as a long-term substitute in second grade for Mesa County Valley School District #51. Since then, I have taught summer school for Mesa County Valley School District #51 and finally moved into the community of Fountain, Colorado.
I am the oldest child. I have a sister that is going to Kansas University, in Lawrence, Kansas studying biomedical engineering. My parents live in Grand Junction, Colorado along with the majority of my family. Although, my family is located in Grand Junction, I still have a large support system locally.
When I am not teaching first grade, you will find me walking my dogs Arya (German Shepherd) and Sadie (Black Lab) in the evenings around the neighborhood, hiking the local trails, bowling with my friends, and visiting my family in Grand Junction, Colorado. Also, I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing what Colorado has to offer.
When going through the elementary education program at Colorado Mesa University, I was able to observe and student taught in kindergarten, second, third, and fifth Grades. It was a great experience getting familiar with each of the grade standards. This last school year, student teaching in second grade and being a substitute in second grade helped me familiarize myself with what is expected for incoming first graders. I look forward to digging deep into the Colorado student academic standards for first grade.
I look forward to getting to know each student and families throughout the school year. Please feel free to email or call me with any questions to the upcoming school year.