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We have been honored…

June 9, 2021 | Kate Streelman

…to teach your children this year!  The first grade teachers have been blessed by each and every student this year.  Choosing a word to honor each child is a privilege and a challenge.  How do we sum up each child’s many wonderful qualities into one word?

Although we miss seeing everyone in person at Commencement, Zoom offers us the ability to share more than just a word, but our thoughts behind that choice.  What do we mean by joyful?  Curious?  Accurate?  Reflective?

We also hope that by sharing these words, students will feel empowered by what others see in them.  Before this meeting, Ms Brasser and Ms Streelman shared each word with the class and talked about what each word meant.  In the Moon Class, students often shared which of their classmates embodied these words! In the Sun Class, children played a game where they closed their eyes and took turns secretly guessing who might receive each word. Many times, the children guessed correctly, which affirmed the teachers’ word choices!

We honor the Sun and Moon classes for their growth this year: in math, in friendships, in painting, in reading, in P.E., and so much more!

Kate Streelman

Lead Teacher, First Grade Moon Class

Kate Streelman is passionate about teaching. In second grade, she decided that when she grew up, she would be a teacher and she has written proof of this goal! She is a graduate of Eastern Christian Schools and Calvin College. Ms. Streelman grew up in suburban New Jersey and has greatly enjoyed moving closer to New York City. Prior to teaching at Mustard Seed, she taught in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kate joined the staff as a first grade teacher in 2017. Every year brings new experiences, excitement, and challenges, and Ms. Streelman looks forward to them all. A shy student growing up, Ms Streelman loves the community of Mustard Seed and how easy it is to be a part of it. She also likes to find ways to help all students feel like they are a part of that community.

Outside of school, Ms Streelman loves to read, doodle and paint, and spend time with friends and family. She enjoys exploring the area, finding new places to eat and relax, and just going for walks.

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