Curriculum Highlights for K - 2nd

  • Flexible literacy grouping where students travel across grade levels to receive appropriate instruction
  • “Fundations” curriculum used to build strong phonics foundation
  • New, cross-curricular literacy incorporating the arts and sciences
  • Centers and small groups used to differentiate instruction and promote growth in all students

Meet the K - 2nd Grade Team

Caring, Passionate Educators and Mentors

  • Angie Scarduzio

    Kindergarten Teacher

  • Kelli Then

    1st Grade Teacher

  • Kathleen Kauss

    2nd Grade Teacher

  • Denise Seidensticker

    Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

Angie Scarduzio

Kindergarten Teacher

What is Ms. Angie’s background?

Ms. Angie studied Early Childhood Education. She grew up in Indiana and Ohio. Her family moved a lot, so making new friends was always a daunting task, as she was very introverted.

What are Ms. Angie’s hobbies?

She enjoys reading, playing cards with her family, and hiking with her dog.

About Ms. Angie’s family

She has been married for over 25 years and has three children. Her oldest attends UNC Greensboro and plans to join the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco. Her middle child is studying to be an Occupational Therapy Assistant, and her youngest attends Henderson County Early College.

What does she love about teaching?

Watching a student discover the answer and make the connection. She loves the family atmosphere at Immaculata.

What is her favorite quote?

“If you think you can do a thing or you think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

What is her funniest teacher moment?

“I taught a lesson wrong, and a student told me that I needed to ‘take some time off to relax and rejuvenate.’ He was a kindergartener!”

Kelli Then

1st Grade Teacher

What is Mrs. Then’s background?

Mrs. Then grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina, a rare native! She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a minor in English from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has 20 plus years teaching experience in private, public, and international schools.

What is her favorite place?

Mrs. Then’s favorite place is her home with all family members present.

What was Mrs. Then’s best vacation?

The Kenyan coast. She lived in Kenya for four years, and she says vacationing at the beautiful coast was an amazing experience!

What does Mrs. Then love about teaching?

Teaching is her passion because nothing compares to watching a child unlock their God-given strengths while learning new material ensuring future success.

What is her favorite subject or skill to teach?

She loves teaching all subjects, but she is especially passionate about literacy. She is trained in the Orton Gillingham approach and loves helping students crack the code to become better readers.

What is her favorite quote?

I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Tell us about her family.

Mrs. Then’s husband, Erich, recently retired as a Colonel from the United States Army. He is a pilot and continues to fly for a private company. Erich’s career allowed them to live in eight states, three countries, and three continents! They have two children and a cat named Calypso they adopted in Nairobi.

Kathleen Kauss

2nd Grade Teacher

What is Ms. Kauss’ background?

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and French Language. 

What hobbies does Ms. Kauss have?

Outside of school, she enjoys reading, going to the movies, traveling to warm beaches, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends.

What does Ms. Kauss love about teaching?

She loves watching her students grow in their faith and become inspired by what they are learning.

What is her favorite thing about Immaculata?

She feels blessed working with dedicated teachers and staff.

Who influences or inspires her?

St. Therese, the Little Flower, inspires Ms. Kauss to be humble and strive to do her part each day for the greater glory of our Lord.

Denise Seidensticker

Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

What is Ms. Denise’s background?

Ms. Denise grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is married to Scott and has four children, two grandchildren, one cat, two dogs, and three chickens.

What hobbies does Ms. Denise have?

She loves fixing old, broken things, doing anything crafty and lots of laundry.

What is one of her favorite childhood memories?

Riding bikes around the neighborhood to get Slurpees at the 7-11.

Who influences or inspires Ms. Denise?

Teachers – the most unselfish group of people she has ever met.

What is Ms. Denise’s favorite quote?

“May the force be with you.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

What is something random we might not know about her?

Ms. Denise took four years of graphic arts in high school.

Progress Monitoring: How do we know your child is ready for the Next Step?

  • Developmental Reading Assessment used to monitor reading level and comprehension
  • Acadience reading and math benchmark assessments used to monitor growth
  • Yearly standardized assessment used as a tool to guide instruction and measure student growth but not as definitive way in which growth is measured

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