First grader teacher challenges students to love learning

Angela Fitzpatrick
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Angela Fitzpatrick’s got the ticket for elementary fun.

“I always wanted to be a police officer when I was growing up, but I teach first grade,” stated Fitzpatrick, Chatfield Elementary School’s new first grade instructor. “I chose to be a teacher because it is a perfect combination of fun and challenging. Teaching keeps me on my toes and always busy, and it’s amazing to be able to have a dance party every day while at work. As a teacher, I love hands-on learning, STEM challenges, dance parties, celebrations and making every day special.”

Fitzpatrick graduated from high school in 2011 and graduated from college at Winona State University in 2015.

“This is my third year as a teacher,” she explained. “I’ve spent the first two years as a kindergarten teacher in Byron Public Schools. Chatfield is such a welcoming community with a positive staff and great families. I look forward to working with the creative, innovative staff and learning all about Action 100. I am excited to meet my students, create a loving, exciting and caring classroom environment and have fun.”

Fitzpatrick said she believes students need to learn a love of learning. “Learning is fun!,” she added. “I also believe that students need to learn how to be kind to all people. I want my students to love learning, feel that learning is fun and to feel loved and cared for in my classroom.”

First grade is an exciting time, she said. “This is a year where students grow immensely and have a great passion for learning,” Fitzpatrick noted. “First graders are always excited and so loving. It’s so fun to put a smile on their faces every day. There is a lot to learn, but I look forward to it.”

Fitzpatrick lives in Pine Island with her husband, and the couple is planning to move closer to Chatfield and Spring Valley very soon.

“I have a wonderful husband, Mark Fitzpatrick, who was born and raised in Glossop, England, and is now the elementary PE teacher for Kingsland Elementary School,” she said. “I also have a dog named Amber. She loves snuggling and taking long naps. I hope to spend time hiking with Amber and camping.”

Fitzpatrick concluded by saying she loves to do crafts, hike, camp and bike. She spent some time this summer in England and climbed Snowden, the second-highest mountain in Great Britain.