Grade 5

Mrs. Gaastra 

Room 19
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I began my career teaching for the San Bernardino City School District where I taught kindergarten and 1st grade for 8 years before moving to the High Desert in 2000. I taught kindergarten at Lewis Elementary for two years. After a few years of commuting from my home in Newberry Springs, I transferred to Yermo School to teach a 4th/5th grade combo class for one year before moving to 7th grade for nine years. Then I taught 1st grade for 3 years at Yermo. Currently I am enjoying a 5 minute commute to work at Newberry Elementary School and am enthusiastic about teaching 5th grade.

I have been happily married to my husband Jeff for over 30 years. My son Kevin attended Yermo School and Silver Valley High School. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley in the summer of 2016. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking, quilting, crafting, and reading.

Hello! My name is Shannon Fisher and I am the co-teacher for 5th grade alongside Mrs.Gaastra this year. I grew up in Hesperia and have lived most of my life in Southern California. Although this is my first year teaching 5th grade, I have over 10 years of experience working with children from 3-18 in various academic settings. My education includes a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Human Development with a concentration in Lifespan Development, a Minor in Communication Studies, and a Master's in Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I am currently working on my second Master's in Education with a specialization in Teaching while getting my teaching credential. I am extremely excited to be working at Newberry Springs Elementary this year with you and your kiddos! It is going to be an awesome year!!!

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