Welcome to First Grade!

  • Get ready for an exciting year! Your first grader will learn and grow in leaps and bounds this year. Reading and writing are such a big part of what we will be learning together, and you will be AMAZED at what your child can do at the end of this year. I feel that parents and teachers are partners in their child's education, and I look forward to working together to help your child be the best they can be!
    All About Mrs. Shaffer
    I was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. I went to St. Barbara School K-8, then graduated high school from Washington High (Massillon) in 2003. I graduated from Kent State University in 2007 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. In 2011, I graduated from Ashland University with my Master's Degree in Education. It's hard to believe that this will be my 15th year teaching first grade at Sauder. The years have flown by! Each year has brought new lessons, experiences, and challenges, and it has been amazing to watch each child learn and grow so much in the short time we are together.
    I love my school family, but nothing compares to my family at home! My husband Mike and I have been married for 10 years. Our daughter Emma is in 3rd grade and our son Micah is in 1st grade at Sauder this year. Together, we love to play card games, watch movies, and play outside together. We also love road trips - we have driven to Disney 4 times in the last 2 years. It truly is a magical place!
    A Few of My Favorites!
    Favorite Color: blue
    Favorite Animal: sloths (Did you know they move so slowly, they even SNEEZE in slow motion?!)
    Favorite Healthy Snack: Honey Crisp apples
    Favorite Unhealthy Snack: Johnny's donuts & Crumbl cookies
    Favorite Restaurants: 91, 3 Brothers, Cheesecake Factory
    Favorite Hobbies: shopping, dinner with friends, spending time with my growing family (I have 1 brother, 1 sister, 7 nieces and 3 nephews!)
    Favorite Stores: Target, Hobby Lobby, Home Goods/Marshall's
    Favorite 1st Grade Books: The Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems, Junie B. Jones series, Do Unto Otters, Round Up
    Favorite Music: Country (My uncle is the drummer for Tim McGraw, so country music is a must!)
    Favorite TV shows: This is Us, America's Got Talent, Outer Banks
    Favorite Events in 1st Grade: Polar Express Day, Dr. Seuss Centers, YES Celebration