Welcome to Kindergarten
Hello! My name is Kelly Roedel and I am happy to begin my first year as St. Mary’s Star of the Sea kindergarten teacher. Born and raised in Chicago, I ventured three hours south to Decatur, Illinois for my undergrad experience. I attended Millikin University, a small liberal arts school where I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. My teaching career began in 2008 in Riverside, Illinois as a Transitional Kindergarten teacher. In 2009, I relocated to Brazil where I spent almost four years teaching at an International school followed by a Trilingual school. I have taught kindergarten and second grade, but kindergarten is my passion and my calling. I was married in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and my husband and I moved to Florida a few months later and I joined a great kindergarten teaching team there. In June of 2014, my husband’s career sent us to southern California and I accepted a position teaching kindergarten at a German-English bilingual school in San Diego.
In 2015, my husband and I welcomed our first child, a baby girl named Lucy Diane. Almost 2 years after our first, our second child, Heidi Catherine joined our family! When looking for a school for my daughters that aligns with my philosophy of learning as well as my faith, St. Mary’s Star of the Sea was my number one choice! In fact, Lucy was the first kid on the wait list for the 2018-2019 preschool year. As you can imagine, I am thrilled to be joining the school that I knew in my heart was number one for my own children. I am so blessed to join the St. Mary’s Star of the Sea family and to teach in a student centered, faith based environment.
“Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job.”
– Mr. Rogers
We have all heard the saying, “Everything I needed to learn, I learned in kindergarten.” Kindergarten is a magical journey, not a race. The kindergarten experience should nurture social-emotional skills in each child and create engaging moments that honor childhood. I am so incredibly blessed to be able to teach kindergarten because I am continually reminded to love, share, create and laugh. I am looking forward to a great new school year!