Hello! My name is Betsy Hatt and I am teaching 3rd grade this year at Spero Academy! I came to Spero in September 2016 as the 1st grade teacher and am very excited to be starting my 3rd year at such a great school.
I attended the University of St. Thomas for my teaching coursework and graduated (the first time) in 2007 with my K-6 license and a license endorsement in 5-8 Social Studies as well as my Master’s degree in Teacher Education. From 2011-2013 I returned to St. Thomas for some additional licensure work and finished in late 2013 with additional teaching licenses in K-6 Spanish, 5-8 Communication Arts and Literature and K-12 English as a Second Language.
I began my teaching career at my old elementary school, Jefferson Community School in South Minneapolis in 2007. While at Jefferson, I taught 2nd grade, a 3/4 split classroom, and 4th grade.
My teaching philosophy centers around a core belief in teaching to the whole child. I believe social/emotional learning is as important as academic learning in helping students reach their full potential. I strive to meet all students where they are at when they come to my classroom, implementing high expectations for all students and the use of a rigorous and engaging standards-based curriculum.
One fun fact about me: I didn’t learn to drive until I was almost 30 as I was raised riding the city bus!
In Reading we will work on many learning targets, including reading fluency (reading a text with accuracy, speed and expression), identifying themes within and across stories, describing characters in a story and using our knowledge of phonics and patterns in words to decode new words.
In Math, our focus will be on targets to include: solving problems with numbers to 1,000 using addition and subtraction, telling time to the minute, using tools to measure time, perimeter and temperature, identifying and classifying 2D and 3D objects and working on creating a story to represent a multiplication and division number sentence.
In Writing we will build on our previously learned skills and work on writing an opinion with supporting details.
In Science we will study water and climate, structures of life and motion and matter.
In Social Studies we will busy examining and creating maps, looking at individual rights in a democracy and how they shape life in the United States, identifying and describing the function of the three branches of government and the role of consumers and producers in an economy.
We will also have a chance to work with our therapists to enhance our social/emotional development as well as our writing skills throughout the week!
I am excited for a year full of fun, engaging and exciting learning opportunities!