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Welcome to Second Grade at Ladd Grade School!  Thank you for visiting my website.  I  hope this page will keep you informed about what is going on in our class.

 I will use yoga, relaxation and breathing strategies to effectively manage my classroom by teaching my students how to cool down and control their behavior.  These techniques assist us with transitions, readiness to learn and conflict resolution.  

"Relaxed students learn better.  Relaxed teachers teach better."  -Carla Tantillo  Founder of Mindful Practices  

Meet our pet tortoise, Diggs!



About Mrs. Lonegra

This is my 27th year of teaching.  I have taught special education,  first grade and kindergarten.  For the past five years, I have had the honor of teaching second graders (my favorite).  My role model and inspiration to be a teacher was my own kindergarten teacher.   She was everything I wanted to be! I was blessed to be able to work with her  as a student teacher, while taking a child development class my senior year in high school.

Getting to know my students as individuals  within my classroom is very important to me.  While there are typical 7-8 year old milestones, children grow and learn in their own way.  I believe it is my job to guide, facilitate and nurture their wonderful and unique qualities.

My favorite part of our day is when I read aloud to my students.  Second graders love stories, remember details and start understanding more complex ideas, such as cause and effect.  They also love being helpful.  They start seeing things from other people's points of view and incorporate that into their everyday life.

I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children... and every year while teaching them what they need to know to move on to third grade, I find they are the ones who teach me the things that are most important.