Imagine a day in first grade where you were greeted with ”We’re Walking on Sunshine” playing in the background while you prepared yourself to be ready to learn. Then the music STOPS and your day begins! You look forward to coming to school because you know fun is built into all learning! You are taught using the SmartBoard, singing your spelling words and math skills to tunes like “Happy Birthday” and B-I-N-G-O, and using whiteboards for writing, math and word work! During the first six weeks of school our goal is to develop automaticity within the classroom on procedures and routines. The children will know what their job is and become responsible for their learning. With practice and modeling the first grader will become automatic on managing their homework and other products that demonstrate knowledge and mastery of the learning goals. Our objective is to maximize student learning in a setting where classroom management becomes invisible.
Mrs. Faye Bahmanyar and Mrs. Rhonda Hanley
First Grade, Lower School Coordinator
B.S. from Illinois State University
M.A. in Teaching from Aurora University
M.E.L. in Administration from Aurora University
Rhonda is a veteran teacher with experience educating students ranging from pre-kindergarten to masters-level students. She has worked as a first and second grade teacher, a media specialist, a technology trainer and a coordinator of professional development. Rhonda joined the Keith faculty in 2005. In 2008, she was a Golden Apple Finalist and in 2012 she was the recipient of Keith’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Outside the classroom she enjoys reading, gardening, her grandchildren and traveling with her family.
B.S. from George Mason University in Laboratory Science
M.S. from George Mason University in Information Management
M.A.T. from Rockford College in Teaching
Faye Bahmanyar is new to the faculty but she is hardly new to Keith Country Day School. Faye’s son Navid graduated from Keith in 2011 as a National Merit Scholar and her son Alex is a fifth grader in the lower school. Faye will be partnering with Rhonda Hanley in the first grade this year. In addition to bringing high expectations for academic and social learning, she hopes to create an engaged classroom for both students and parents. A graduate from George Mason University with a bachelor’s in Laboratory Science and a master’s in Information Management, Faye earned a second master’s degree in Teaching from Rockford College and has a K-9 teaching certificate. Prior to joining the Keith faculty, her classroom experience included teaching kindergarten through second grade students. Before going into education, she worked as a senior systems analyst for commercial billing systems at MCI Telecommunications Corporation in Arlington, VA and the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. She has also been a systems consultant for different projects at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.