Phone: (716) 631-7471
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education Master's Degree in Elementary Education 30+ Hours in Additional Coursework
Welcome to Room 44!
KNEE-TOP-SKI !! Yes, that is how you say my last name. It is easier than it looks. I have been with Maryvale Primary for 20 years. Eleven of those years I have taught second grade and one was spent in kindergarten. I can now add first grade to my list. This will be my 9th year in first grade and I absolutely BIG HEART LOVE first grade! Mr. Nietopski and I have 2 wonderful sons and a daughter. Did I mention that we don't have a dog but we are still hoping for one! I put some photos below of our choices. Maybe sometime soon my family will grow!
We really enjoy spending time together as a family going places and having fun. I love getting outdoors and exercising with my kids. I also love to read (big surprise there!). Exercise, eating healthy, and mindfulness and spirituality are important aspects of my family's life. I'm not only passionate about teaching children but I love to educate anyone that will listen on ways to improve wellness through natural and holistic living. My family and I love natural living and we spend time with many DIY projects.
Here are a few more things to help you get to know me:
Favorite Books: The Secret Life of Bees, The Hunger Games Trilogy, Water for Elephants (I love reading on my Ipad because I can have instant access to SO MANY BOOKS from the library :)))
Favorite Picture Book(s): Jubal's Wish, Pete the Cat, and any book by Peter Reynold's (He is one of my new faves!) Did I forget to mention Mo Willems books?? Who doesn't love a great Elephant and Piggie tale or how about good ole Knuffle Bunny?? Oh the list could go on and on and...
Favorite Flowers: Orchids and any kind of Lily
Favorite Season: Fall
Favorite Hobbies: Reading and Writing, Nature Walks with my kids, and I love to run! Did I say that??? Never thought I would but I have grown to love it more and more each day!
Favorite Sport : I am a hockey and baseball fan! I love playing many sports and recently rekindled my enjoyment of tennis. I also absolutely love dancing and love to watch dancing!
Favorite Places: Any place that is peaceful and filled with nature (I LOVE the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls!). On the flip side I do enjoy busy cities from time to time too!
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Fruits: Oranges, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries (the list could go on and on)
Favorite Vegetable: Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts (another ongoing list :)
Favorite Colors: Purple and Green
Favorite Chocolate Treat: Peanut Butter Cups (but I don't eat them too often anymore)
Favorite Animated Movie: Shrek (but I really like the new Tinker Bell movies too!) I now have to ad FROZEN!! What girl doesn't love FROZEN???
Favorite Insect: Butterfly
Favorite Mammal: Elephant
Favorite Bird: Hummingbird
Favorite Reptile: Turtle
Favorite Amphibian: Red Eyed Tree Frog
Things I Want to Learn to Do Better: Play Guitar (I would love to take lessons again.) Still on my list of things to do again. Someday...
My philosophy of education includes teaching children to use their individual talents to reach academic success. Not only do I encourage your children to become independent thinkers, I also emphasize the importance of ACCEPTANCE and DIVERSITY in the classroom. My goal is to create an environment where all children can feel SAFE, and HAPPY when they come to school.
Our children are still learning and practicing appropriate behaviors. They will occasionally make mistakes. It is at these moments where your child and I will work together to take these mistakes and turn them into learning experiences. We will celebrate these accomplishments in our classroom and will be rewarded by knowing we made choices where all people in our class feel SAFE, HAPPY, and ACCEPTED when they enter our room!