Welcome to Fifth Grade with Anne Brown

  • Mrs. Brown Welcome to a fantastic year! 

    I am very excited to have your student in my class this year and am looking forward to a year where we aim high and reach for the stars!
    I am a Northwest native and grew up in Woodinville, WA, not too far from Cedar Wood! I have called South Everett my home since 2002. I earned my BA in Elementary Education in English and Reading at Western Washington University in 2000, and my MEd at City University in Integrating the Arts in 2005. I spent one year studying English Literature in Ireland at the National University of Ireland in Galway. I adore books, and you may notice my bright red classroom library is bursting with over 500 poetry, art, and chapter books. So, why am I teaching Science, you may ask? Quite simply, I think that Science ROCKS!!
    I have been teaching for nearly 20 years. I taught in the nearby community of Granite Falls, WA, for my first 15 years, where I had a Multiage program for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, as well as regular 5th grade. I have logged over 450 hours of Science related classes (that's equivalent to an extra year of college) and really put the focus on integrating Science themes into all kinds of classroom experiences. 
    The classes that got me hooked on Science were Summer Institute in Life Science (SILS), and Interplanetary Volcanism--both at the University of Washington. I spent weeks over the summer at the UW campus immersed in Life Science (have you ever had a pet crayfish or fruit flies before?), Genetics, Inquiry (is slug slime really stickier than glue?), Habitats, Adaptations (why do the bears at the Woodland Park Zoo walk in circles?), and so much more!
    When I joined the Interplanetary Volcanism class I drove all over Washington and Oregon visiting the amazing volcanoes in our backyard like Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Crater Lake while learning about Earth and Space Science. Not only did I learn about the Rock Cycle (did you know our rocks are recycled just like our water?) and the inner workings of our planet, I "visited" Mars and the moons of Jupiter and explored the volcanic activity in space. Besides all that, I find that studying Science gives me the opportunity to use creative song and dance and can often be delicious! 
    In addition to teaching, I love camping, skiing, growing vegetables and fruit, reading, researching healthy food, and cooking. My husband and I have a son and daughter at Penny Creek. I also enjoy taking my kiddos to their sports, and after school you'll find us at the dance studio, gymnastics, or taekwondo. We all snow ski in the winter so you may just see us on the slopes of Stevens Pass. I became a PSIA Nationally certified ski instructor at the tender age of 16, and now have over two decades of educational experience. 
    I am beyond thrilled to be teaching at Cedar Wood and be an active member of the community! I look forward to meeting all my new students and perhaps even running into you around town, at the dance studio, or taekwondo. Be sure to introduce yourself and give me a high five or a hug.
    425-385-7734 Classroom
    (if during school hours, please call office at 425-385-7700)