1st Graders at Carlthorp School are pros at the ins and outs of how the school works.
Responsive classroom continues with daily Morning Meetings focused on reinforcing the importance of community. Students are given opportunities to be comfortable speaking in front of their classmates and teachers. In 1st Grade the students develop more independence.
They are expanding their critical thinking and problem-solving skills that were introduced in Kindergarten. They continue learning through the core subjects of reading workshop, writing workshop, guided reading, CGI (cognitively guided instruction) and math workshop. 1st Graders are becoming strong readers and writers.
One of the favorite 1st Grade activities is our memorable Thanksgiving celebration. The children explore the relationship between the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims by playing traditional games, presenting authentic handmade projects and preparing their own feast which they enjoy as a community.

Author Share

In the winter the students invite parents to join them for “1st Grade Breakfast.” The students are the hosts of the breakfast and have the opportunity to present their favorite work in an interactive way while learning to be gracious hosts. The school year ends with an “Author’s Share,” an opportunity for our 1st Graders to proudly showcase work that exemplifies the growth they’ve made throughout the year.

Meet the Team

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  • Keara Devitt

    Ms. Keara Devitt is eager to begin her second year teaching at Carlthorp School. Originally from Long Island, New York, she is the youngest of seven children. Her mother is a professor and her father is a high school teacher, so teaching is in her blood. In 2010, she decided to take a risk and travel to California for college to pursue her teaching degree and professional career. She attended the University of San Francisco and was accepted into the five-year Dual Degree in the Teacher Preparation Program. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and a Masters in Elementary Education. During her time at USF, Keara was selected to volunteer as a student teacher in a 1st grade classroom at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Belize. This immersion program promotes and exposes openness and attentiveness to the realities of cultural diversity, tradition, along with the challenges of education, health, and governance in Dangrigra. Her experience in Belize was life-changing and reaffirmed her passion for teaching as well. Upon graduation, she worked as the 1st Grade lead teacher at Saint Martin of Tours School in Brentwood. While there, she completely immersed herself in the school community. She enjoyed building professional relationships with the faculty, her students, and their families. In addition to teaching, Keara was the Director of the Morning Program, which provided a well-supervised, respectful, and warm atmosphere for students in TK-8th prior to the start of the school day. She also coached track for students in grades 3-8. While teaching at Saint Martin of Tours, she attended Mount Saint Mary’s University and completed the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Program. When not at school, Keara loves being outdoors and enjoys running, hiking, and hot yoga. Family and friends are very important to her, so she cherishes spending as much time as she can with them. Most recently, she traveled to London, Paris, and Athens. It was the first time she had been to Europe and she feels grateful to have had the opportunity to delve into the culture, language, and history of these places. 
  • Tanya Friedman

    Tanya, a New Jersey native, moved to New York City to begin her teaching career after having earned her degree in the SUNY system.  In fifteen years as a teacher in the New York City Public School System, Tanya taught each of the grades from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th.  She also spent time as a Teacher/Coach for the Department of Education in New York City.
    Tanya received her undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz and two master’s degrees from CUNY at City College, one in Elementary Education and the other in Building Leadership.  She participated in a think tank for implementing the Common Core Curriculum in NYC schools, where she led a team of teachers in developing curriculum and rubrics. In addition to her degrees, Tanya has facilitated workshops at New York University and Fordham University on best collaborative practices for future teachers. Outside of the classroom, Tanya enjoys playing sports, spending time with her family and heading to the beach on weekends.  She is excited to be teaching at Carlthorp School!
  • Tiffany Neilson

    Ms. Tiffany Neilson is eager to join Ms. Julie Paiva this year in 1st grade. During the last five years teaching at Kenter Canyon Elementary School for advanced studies, Tiffany was involved in many extracurricular committees including the instructional leadership team, student leadership council, social committee, and governance. She is very excited to join the Carlthorp School community and to continue inspiring children to learn and reach their highest potential. Tiffany was born and raised in Valencia, California, and attended Concordia University in Irvine, where she received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While attending CUI, she played intercollegiate volleyball. Her experience as a student-athlete fostered perseverance, commitment, teamwork, and leadership. Following college, Tiffany spent a year abroad in Rome, living with an Italian family and working as an au pair. During this time, she immersed herself in the culture and discovered a passion for traveling. When she isn’t teaching, you can probably find her at the beach playing volleyball, reading, listening to music, cooking, or traveling. She enjoys attending live theater, learning about nutrition, visiting art museums, and spending time with her two nieces. 
  • Julie Paiva

    Julie is excited to return to teaching 1st Grade at Carlthorp School for the second year. Prior to Carlthorp, she spent 16 years teaching at the elementary level in Brentwood’s Kenter Canyon School of Advanced Studies. She has a passion for inspiring students to become life-long learners and compassionate members of the community. Julie graduated from UC Davis with her bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Communications, and a minor in Theater. She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University. In 2009, Julie was awarded the Lori Petrick Award for Excellence in Education from the Palisades Charter Schools Foundation. When she is not in the classroom, she enjoys writing, performing, being outdoors, and traveling to new places.