HELEN O'HARRA

Intermediate Montessori

Homeroom: room 212
Phone: (907) 742-4500
Email: oharra_helen@asdk12.org
HELEN O'HARRA

August 18, 2010 Welcome to Room 212! This is going to be an exciting school year. The year long emphasis is US and North American history. We’ll be studying history, geography, cultures, exploration, and expansion. We’ll be making maps, orienteering, raising salmon, making bread, making foods and crafts from a variety of American immigrants. We’ll also be studying bones and skeletons, earth materials, and electrical circuits and pathways. Let me tell you a little bit about my background. This fall begins my 18th season teaching in Anchorage schools, the last 17 as an Intermediate Montessori teacher at Denali. I received my full Montessori certification for grades 1st through 6th (ages 6 through 12) from Midwest Montessori Teacher Training Center in Evanston, Illinois in 1994. I have three children who are all Montessori kids or graduates! I am classified as a “highly qualified” teacher, and in 2006, 2008 , and this year I was one of two state finalists for a national science award, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I also know what it’s like to be a student in this school district because I was one! I graduated from East High School (and later, from UAA!) I love Anchorage and the outdoors. I live in Airport Heights near Chester Creek. In my spare time, I’m an voracious reader (mysteries, newspaper, magazines). I try hard to run, ski or bike every day. I love to cook, and am a member of a cooking club where we create meals and share different recipes. This summer I spent time organizing and supervising our home construction project (an arctic entry, vinyl siding, and making our home more energy efficient), a canoe trip, and a week-long kayak trip to Harriman Fjord in Prince William Sound. The highlight of my summer was scoring two goals in soccer games (for a career high of 3 goals in 13 years!)