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Mrs. Lisa Araneda » Welcome to 5th grade!

Welcome to 5th grade!

I am delighted to welcome you and your child (children) to my 5th grade classroom.  This age group is my passion and I enjoy the trail I am lucky to undertake each year with them.  It is their last year in Elementary School, a serious preparation for the transition into Middle School.
Through a year filled with challenges, excitement, new content learning, and fun, they will be ready for the next step in their education.  I promise, I will help you and your child along the way.  5th grade is a huge step from 4th with so many more academic standards to master as well as higher expectations of the student's responsibilities.  Some days this can seem very difficult to accomplish, but just keep hanging in there and remember to enjoy the trail as I have and continue to do.
I received both my Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degrees at the University of California, Irvine, in the field of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dance.  My second year of graduate school I was awarded the Distinguished Student Scholar Award for my creative works.  I also hold a certification in Early Childhood Development and Education and worked in that field for twelve years in both Riverside and Orange Counties prior to becoming an elementary school teacher.  My California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential was obtained through Chapman University.  I also hold a specialized certificate in Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development.  In 2006, I was awarded the Inland Valley Teacher Award for Excellence in Literacy.  My husband and I reside in Lake Elsinore and our daughter is a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and is currently working on her career in the Dance world of Southern California.