Mrs. Deanna Szumera

BLESSED TO BE…in Room 103!! 🙂

I am Deanna Szumera, First Grade Teacher at Lakeland Elementary School. It is with the H-A-P-P-I-E-S-T of hearts I presently hold that title! My formal teacher training includes a degree in Elementary Education from Central Michigan University with minors in science and reading. My informal teacher training however, has occurred within and around the raising of our eighteen year-old son, Eli. He is the pride and joy of his late-blooming parents’ lives…and MUCH of what I (humbly:) learned through parenting is interwoven within my daily interactions with, and instruction of, the first graders in Room 103. I consider that a good thing :)!  Some of our favorite first grade memories are the unplanned lessons/stories that occur when we least expect it!

I have enjoyed being a part of Elk Rapids Schools in various capacities off and on since 1997. I taught first and second grade at Mill Creek before Eli was born… then was blessed to remain home with him through the age of five. I returned to Elk Rapids (Lakeland this time 🙂 the fall of 2015, and have been teaching first grade since. In between my Mill Creek and Lakeland positions, I taught kindergarten at a small Christian school and GUESS WHO was in my first kindergarten class!?! 🙂 We enjoyed all of Eli’s elementary years at that little school, and eventually returned… confidently and comfortably to our home and family at Elk Rapids Schools. In the blink of an eye…Eli is eighteen years old and a rising senior at ERHS!

Each and every day Room 103 encounters new knowledge in fun and exciting ways. As we go about the business of learning, our focus is always CHARACTER FIRST and FIRST GRADE LEARNING NEXT. Good habits of strong character are pointed out routinely and modeled throughout our school day. It is my goal to create a safe and vibrant learning environment that fills every corner of our room with purposeful deep-thinking, uninhibited risk-taking, collaborative problem-solving, and exuberant ownership and celebration of our smartness!

231-264-8289  ext. 4103


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