Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Mrs. Erika Gerlach
Welcome to Ray E. Kilmer Elementary School Kindergarten! My name is Mrs. Gerlach and I have been working for the Lewis Palmer School District since 2014. For the first four years I was able to be a Guest Teacher at ALL the schools in the district and then found my permanent home, the last two years, teaching Kindergarten here at Kilmer! I have had the privilege of teaching children since 2004. Before teaching for the Lewis Palmer School District I taught 2nd grade for 7 years in Arizona.
I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University. A passion of mine is utilizing technology in the classroom and incorporating it in my everyday teaching. I have started to pursue a Masters in Technology in Education.
I have been married for 15 years and have two children, Joshua 15, and Kaelyn 12 who both attend schools in the district.
I enjoy watching my kids play sports, hiking and being outdoors, collecting minerals and rocks, reading, traveling, cooking (with my new Instant Pot), and Photography (usually of my kids playing sports).
I love watching children get excited about learning and seeing the "light bulb come on" for each one.
I look forward to partnering with you for a successful and wonderful year in Kindergarten. If you have any questions about Kindergarten at Kilmer feel free to contact me at 719-757-1654 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I will try to respond and get back to you as soon as I can but the expectation is within 24 hours.
“A Teacher affects eternity…
…for he/she never knows where their influence will end.” -Henry Brooks
Informational Websites for Parents:
PBS Parents: www.pbs.org/parents
Informational website for parents and developmentally appropriate interactive fun and games for kids
Reading Rockets: www.readingrockets.org
Informational website for parents on reading, writing and language development
Colorin Colorado: www.colorincolorado.org
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Department of Education: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/2020casfcg_k
Guide to Colorado Academic Standards: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/standards
Gerlach-AM/Cavera-PM Kindergarten Daily Schedule
9:00-9:10 Morning Work
9:10-9:20 Calendar (Morning Meeting)
9:20-9:50 Math lesson
9:50-10:10 Recess (Common with Kindergarten)
10:15-10:35 Snack/story (Big Book)
10:35-10:55 Really Great Reading (P.A.-Haggarty/Phonics-Zoophonics Beg of Year)
10:55-11:40 Centers/Reading Groups
11:40-11:50 Morning Closing/Goodbye (prepare for lunch recess)
11:50-12:35 - Kindergarten Recess/Lunch
12:35-1:00 Literacy Block (Poem/PA/Handwriting)
1:00-1:20 Rest Time
1:20-1:55 Literacy (word families/reading) & Choice Time
3:35-3:50 Social Studies/Science
3:50 Clean up/pack up
3:55 Walk to buses/parent pickup