Welcome to first grade! My name is Nathalie Taing, and I am excited to be your child’s first grade teacher.  I’ve completed my Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Washington and my Master’s Degree at City University in Elementary Education.  This is my 11th year at Scenic Hill.  I have two children of my own. Andrew is 14 and Adryanna is 11 years old. I live in Auburn and married for 14 years to my high school sweetheart. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on The Huskies, Mariners, and Seahawks.                                                           

First grade is a year of important transitions, maturity, as well as, the acquisition of new skills. The most important skills learned in first grade are reading, writing, and math. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of basic reading, writing, and math planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished learner! Of course, every child progresses at their own developmental level. This is why it is important to remember that we build on small successes. All successes, no matter how small, are applauded. I want you to know that I am committed to providing your child the best educational experience possible.

We know that the most lovely flowers usually have the best gardener -- and that's you! Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year. Another way to help your child bloom is to read with your child everyday for at least 30 min (2 steps) each night. I will be sending books home, at your child’s reading level, in ziplock bags for him/her to read every night.

 A child's home life has a direct effect on their school life. If your child is going through any type of changes and you wish to discuss them with me, please contact me. It may explain changing behaviors that are displayed in class. I want this to be a successful school year for you and your child.  To ensure this success, it is important that we maintain open communication.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You can write me a note, call me before or after school at (253)373-3617. If you can call during the day, you may have leave a message as I will be busy teaching the class. The best and fastest way to reach me is via e-mail at Nathalie.Taing@kent.k12.wa.us. I look forward to working with you and your child.