Howdy! My name is Kara Gaertner, and I'm so excited to have joined the Shady Grove family this year. As you may have guessed, I'm a proud graduate of Texas A&M University. I have years of experience teaching third grade and first grade; now it is a joy to be the first, official, classroom experience for my students as my students begin preschool! My greatest hope is for each of my students to leave my classroom with an excitement for learning and understanding of their unique ability to contribute to this world!
When I'm not at school, you will most likely find me spending time with my family. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for sixteen years. We have four amazing children who are in 6th grade, 3rd grade, 3rd grade, and 2nd grade. We have a puppy who keeps us busy and laughing. As a family we enjoy hiking, watching movies, playing soccer, spending time at the lake, or traveling together.
I hope you each had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready to start the new year running! Often parents ask, “What can we be working on at home to support our child’s learning?” Here’s a few things we’ve been working on at school for you to reinforce at home:
In pre-k the growth a student makes in all areas is amazing. Each day is a new day! It is a privilege to work with each of your children!! I can’t wait to see all they accomplish!
7:20 – 7:50 Breakfast (cafeteria)
7:50 – 8:00 Backpacks Unloaded
8:05 – 8:55 Activity
& Computer Lab
9:00 – 10:45 ARC/ELA
10:50 – 11:20 Lunch
11:20 – 12:15 Calendar & Math
12:15 – 12:45 Recess
12:45 – 1:15 Science/Social Studies
1:15 – 2:15 Rest Time
2:15 – 2:30 Snack & Pack-up
2:30 – 3:00 Pre-K Lab
3:00 – 3:10 Dismissal Prep