Rosa Parks' 2009-2010 Teacher of the YearandCNUSD 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Holly Gorman - First Grade Teacher
Mrs. Gorman has taught for 10 years. Over the course of the 10 years she has taught Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade. As a First Grade teacher she believes that it is crucial to the initial development of the child that they consider school as a fun place to be. Mrs. Gorman’s teaching style is based on tailoring her instruction toward the individual learning style/level of each student so that their educational needs will be met to encourage academic success. To ensure reading comprehension success in the various school subjects that the students will be taught, Mrs. Gorman places a strong emphasis on reading. She feels that this subject, in particular, is the gateway to knowledge in order ensure academic success at school. Mrs. Gorman also promotes and encourages parents to participate in their child’s education by helping in the classroom—this includes her own parents who help out in her classroom on a regular basis. She feels that the relationship created with parents in the classroom helps positively foster a child’s learning process. Mrs. Gorman encourages her students’ creative minds through the use of both visual and performing arts as well as using simple science experiments. Art, music, and singing are enjoyed throughout the school year culminating in a year-end play that is presented to the parents. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Gorman enjoys spending time with her dogs Roxy and Seymour. Her hobbies include taking photos, scrapbooking, reading, and traveling. She gives to her community through her volunteer work at hospitals, retirement homes and, in the future, at the CHOC Hospital. Most recently, she has trained one of her dogs (who she rescued) to be a certified therapy dog so that, together, they will be able to bring happiness to those who are less fortunate.