Bee Happy

Phone: 208-350-4370 ext. 1108


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Mrs. Van Quill's Busy Bees

My name is Beth Van Quill, and I have the honor of working with you and your child this year! I would like to take this opportunity to offer you a little information about myself and educational philosophies.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Portland and my graduate’s degree in, Masters of Education in Quality Schools from Graceland University. I have been teaching in the West Ada School District for the past ten years. I spent two years teaching fifth grade and the last eight years teaching first grade. I feel extremely privileged, passionate and at home teaching first grade. I come to school happy and excited each day as I never know what unique and different experiences and opportunities await me. 

I feel one of my greatest contributions as an educator is my ability to empathize, understand and relate to the student. The student is at the core and heart of why I teach. My drive and determination to become the best teacher I can be is fueled by the potential each student has in becoming great contributors to our society. I am a teacher that supports the spirit of the student and challenges every individual to achieve their highest potential. 

I truly believe that your child has special gifts and talents that allow him/her to shine in their own unique way. I will encourage your child to cultivate their talents and use them to be successful in everything they do. I welcome and encourage individual learning and creativity.   Every child will be asked to acquire content knowledge and then “think” for themselves while applying that knowledge.
I believe that every child can attain their optimal academic success by producing quality work. There are four conditions for this to happen. There must be a warm, supportive classroom environment. Students should be asked to do only useful work. Students are always asked to do their best. Students are asked to evaluate their own work and improve it. 
While producing quality work feels good, students will also realize that our classroom community will be a Mistake-Safe Zone. Where making mistakes is a valuable part of the learning process and that they will be supported by respectful, enthusiastic and engaged learners.
I look forward to a wonderful and successful school year!