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Welcome to K/1! My name is Leigh Monistere, I am the K/1 teacher at Sierra School. This is my second year at Sierra School. I love getting to be a part of the community here at Sierra. Teaching K/1 is a joy and full of many adventures. Our classroom is a vibrant part of our school! We learn and have a lot of fun in K/1!

Prior to teaching at Sierra School, I taught first grade for several years. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi College and a Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Technology from Belhaven University.

I have two wonderful classroom aides, Bindi Aibara and Sabrina Rumford. Bindi has served as an aide at Sierra School for over 10 years! Sabrina is new to Sierra School, and has served as an aide prior to joining our classroom. She has many years of wonderful experience working with younger students. Both Sabrina and Bindi have a great relationship with our students and truly bring out the best in them. We have a great team in our classroom!

Class Activities

The first years of elementary school are foundational. During kindergarten and first grade, your child will grow socially and academically. As the teacher, I provide instruction based upon your child's learning level. This instruction should challenge your child to grow to his/her fullest potential. Your child will engage in learning activities that will encourage them to grow as creative, critical thinkers. Our classroom includes many opportunities for students to collaborate with each other to help them grow as communicators and collaborators. We seek to make learning relevant by making connections to real life, to encourage students to become life-long learners.

Exciting K/1 Activities

Students are involved in activities that prepare them for success inside and outside the classroom. In the K/1 classroom, students are exposed to a variety of activities, which help them grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We have a great year in store for your child! Below are some of our favorite activities in the K/1 classroom!

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Friday Activities
  • Activities Incorporating Technology- iMovies, Keynotes, and audios
  • Bike Day
  • Monthly Recognition Assemblies
  • Halloween Parade and Assembly
  • Thanksgiving Potluck
  • Family and School Wide Service Projects
  • Winter Songfest
  • Buddy Days
  • 100th Day Celebration
  • Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Spring Musical

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at or call the Sierra office at 408-247-4740.

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