Mrs. Altena's 5th Grade Classroom

 Welcome to 5th Grade!  This will be my 25th year of teaching - and my 14th year right here at Syre!  My own children (David - 26 and Kathryn - 23) went to school at Syre, so I know firsthand what a wonderful school it is! 

Over the years I have taught Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th grades.  I was also one of Syre's librarians for a few years.  I am loving 5th grade right now!

I grew up in Kennewick, Washington and graduated from college at Eastern Washington University.  After working as a banker for 7 years, I earned my teaching certificate at Seattle Pacific University.  In 2010 I earned my Master's Degree from Antioch University.  In 2011, I completed my National Board Certification in Library Media. 
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