Ms. Kinsella is excited to return to the Notre Dame community as she is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy High School. She has seven years of teaching experience at the upper elementary level and has a passion for guiding students successfully from elementary to middle school. Ms. Kinsella graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She continued her education by receiving a Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership from Mount St. Mary’s University and in addition, she cleared her credential. She completed her thesis work on math word problem solving and analyzed the effect of personalization during instruction. She recently became a Google Certified Educator and is in the process of completing her National Board Certification. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys playing and coaching softball and traveling to new places.
Throughout fourth grade, students will be able to grow in their knowledge through different learning experiences and applying what they learn to the real world. Students will see math come to life as they will create “pizza fractions,” calculate the area and perimeter of the playground, and plan a place value party. Students will see math in action through analyzing the architecture at the Skirball Center. In reading, students will create interactive notebooks and explore themes, make inferences, and use content clues throughout different genres, including mythology. As scientists, students will build compasses, design a board game using circuits, and make connections about the interaction between the earth’s resources and living things. Students will analyze how California evolved during social studies and learn about its roots in Native Americans, the Missions, and the Gold Rush. Students will continue to explore their faith through revelations of God’s love and how God strengthens us with His love during religion. Throughout the fourth grade curriculum, students will analyze interactions in every content area and make cross-curricular connections.