Dec 18, 2009 5:37 PM by David Ortiviz
Busy parents know it can be hard to keep up on your child's homework and grades in school, but a teacher in Pueblo West is using the internet to keep parents in the loop. Amanda Griego has been selected as a News First 5 Teachers First recipient.
Griego, a second grade teacher at Pueblo West Christian Academy, says teaching has been a life long dream. "You know I've always wanted to be a teacher since I was very little," said Amanda Griego.
Her colleagues describe her as an excellent communicator, perhaps because she's dedicated to keeping parents informed. Griego posts daily assignments and student activities on a website she created for parents. "With so many parents that work and have different schedules it's a great way to keep the lines of communication open," said Griego.
Griego also links to educational games to enhance what students learn in her classroom. "So at home when they say I'm bored or my homework is done, parents can always say go to Mrs. Griego's website and practice something," said Griego.
Teaching and managing a website is a juggling act of sorts, but Griego says having only 8 students in class makes it possible. "We have small class sizes, which I love," said Griego. "I really get to know each and every student," she added.
Griego continues to have parent teacher conferences several times a year, but says she's dedicated to giving parents online progress reports as often as she can.