Welcome, First Grade Families!

I am so excited to be your child’s first grade teacher! Although many things may be different this school year, nothing will change my commitment to caring for your child both as a student and as a person. I promise that the education and well-being of your child will always be my first priorities.

To share a little bit about myself, my name is Armella Blanco, and I am from Huntington, West Virginia. I attended St. Joseph Catholic School, and I have firsthand knowledge of the value of a Catholic education. This past winter, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marshall University with a BA in Elementary Education, top of my program. I am eager to apply the skills I’ve built and strategies I’ve learned in my courses and student teaching within my own classroom.

First grade is a time for much growth in many academic areas. I am looking forward to introducing my students to the next step of the Superkids reading program. I love that this curriculum makes learning fun! This year, through our Elevate Math curriculum, we will be exploring new concepts with a focus on giving students the tools to solve problems in more ways than one. Building on that, our Elevate Science curriculum is hands-on and engaging, molding students into innovative problem solvers. As for social studies, our focus will be on learning about our world. Topics we will explore include learning around the world, rules and laws, festivities and cultures, and community and family history.

As you know, our school is centered in Christ. This year, we will be deepening our understanding of our faith through the study of our church community, God’s love, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus and His Church of Followers. I am truly blessed to be given this opportunity to share my faith with my students, and I know we have a wonderful school year ahead of us!