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Rita Harvatin, Kindergarten



     My name is Rita Harvatin.  I hold a lifetime certification in the following areas:  Elementary Education 1-8, Language Arts 4-8, Social Studies 4-8, PK-3 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  I continued my education and received my Masters of Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.  I am dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of learning in children.

     I have taught for 22 years.  I began my teaching career in the St. Louis Public School system in 1988.  I taught at Cupples Elementary (1st grade, 2nd grade) and Oak Hill Elementary (2nd grade PAR-Project Alternative Room).  I then went to teaching part time in Preschools-Southhampton Presbyterian, Union Preschool, and St. Lucas-Word of Life Preschool, to spend more time with my family.   I then pioneered a new preschool program at St. Mary Magdalen.  I left St. Mary Magdalen to teach at St. Margaret of Scotland.  There I taught 1st grade and am currently teaching kindergarten.

     I believe learning is a lifelong process.  I continually register for workshops to enhance my teaching abilities to better serve my students and their needs. 
I am married with 4 children.  My husband, Tony and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in June 2012.  We have 2 daughters-Becky 20 and Emily 14 and 2 sons-Brian 18 and Tim 16.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends.  I love to play poker with my aunts and uncles once a month. I also enjoy playing Bunco and Crazy Rummy with friends, relaxing on the beach, reading by the pool, traveling, and collecting Christmas ornaments.