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    Ms. Dirheimer: Welcome to 5th Grade!
       Hello 5th grade parents and students!  I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade for my eleventh year at Liberty Elementary!  I am originally from Grand Haven, MichiganI grew up only 5 minutes from the beautiful Lake Michigan, where I would spend most of my summer at the beach!  I graduated from Grand Valley State University with my B.A. degree in English and Elementary Education. 
    Teaching has always been a passion of mine since I was young.  I love guiding children to explore, discuss, create, and discover the power of knowledge independently and with each other!  My goal is create a classroom community that fosters and celebrates individuality, creativity, STEM and PBL opportunities, technology, and engagement in the discovery of learning!
       Over the summer, I spent most of my time relaxing, reading, and spending time outdoors, along with planning for my wedding this fall!  I made a trip back to Michigan to spend time with my family, but mostly stayed home and enjoyed my relaxation. 
       I am ready to start another exciting school year!  I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and creating lasting memories for an unforgettable 5th grade year! 
     
    Here are some fun facts about me:
    - I took a volunteer trip to Costa Rica to help teach English 
    - I love to travel and have had the opportunity to go to some beautiful places including Japan, Germany, France, Italy.
    - I ran my first half marathon in the Rock N'Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in D.C.
    -I have three brothers and a nephew.
    - In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, sing, stay active by running, dancing, doing yoga, hiking, and skiing and hula hooping!
    -My favorite color is purple.
    -My favorite animals are elephants, owls, hummingbirds, and cheetahs.
    -I love coffee! 
    -I love shopping!
    - I am getting married in November!
     
    Ms. Dirheimer
     
     
     
     jess