All About Mrs. O’Bryan
Hi! I am overjoyed to be back with the incredible 1st grade team at Tularcitos. I am also thrilled to be your teacher this year, and I’m looking forward to a year of learning, fun and adventure. I can’t wait to learn about you, but first I’ll tell you a little about me.
I was born in Santa Barbara and moved to Ojai when I was in third grade. I moved to Carmel Valley in 2010. I have been teaching for 20 years.
- Here, at Tularcitos, I taught third grade last year and first grade for 5 years.
- Before I came to Tularcitos, I was at Captain Cooper Elementary for ten years, where I taught Kindergarten, 1st, 4th and 5th grades.
- Before I came to CUSD, I taught 1st and 2nd grades at MPUSD for 4 years.
- Of all the grades that I have taught, first grade is my absolute favorite!
I love science, being an Ocean Guardian and teaching children to care for our planet. I have a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University. I was a Peace Corps environmental education volunteer in Panama from 1994-1996. My husband and I will be celebrating 25 amazing years in August. I am so proud of my daughter, Eliza, who is an 11th grader at Carmel High School this year.
There is so much I am looking forward to teaching you this year! Some of the topics we study in 1st grade are animal adaptations and animal habitats, including butterfly and ladybug life cycles, ocean life and ocean conservation. We will be planting our very own garden to learn how living things grow and change when we tend our garden with a little extra "TLC". In language arts we will have reading groups, which I am very excited about. I love watching first graders thrive as readers and discussing all the interesting things that happen in a good book! We will be learning how to write well about any topic. We will have many fun writing projects. Our math time will be full of fun and interesting ways to learn new math concepts. It's going to be a great year!
A few of my favorite things
Animal~ My cat, Pam
People~ My family 💖
Book~ The Memory of Old Jack, By Wendell Berry
Place~ Anywhere in nature
Hobbies~ Knitting, kayaking, yoga, hiking, meditating and hanging out with my family
Dessert~ Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream