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This year will be Ms. Branca’s second year of teaching first grade at Alpine Elementary. Before that, Ms. Branca has six years of teaching or helping students in education ranging from a computer teacher at Uinta Meadows Elementary in Wyoming and a computer teacher at Legacy Elementary, to being a student advisor from kindergarten to college-aged students. Ms. Branca earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education at the University of Phoenix. In her earlier years of adulthood, Ms. Branca also earned a crane operating license through the United States Army National Guard.
Outside of the classroom, Ms. Branca enjoys spending time with her 10-year old daughter, Kendalyn, who will be a 5th grader at Central Elementary this year. She also has 3 dogs, 4 chickens, and 2 rats (yes, rats!). It can feel a bit like a funny farm at times at Ms. Branca’s home! In her free time, Ms. Branca likes to cook and spend time with friends and family along with kayaking, camping, fishing, and hiking. Some of her favorite spots are back home with her parents in Evanston, Wyoming and up in Kodiak, Alaska visiting her brother and sister-in-law.
Through her experiences in the classroom, in education, and in life, Ms. Branca strives to teach children the importance of understanding what makes them unique along with teaching them how to be collaborative communicators in the IB framework. She also seeks a similar relationship with families at home - understanding what is unique about your family and how to collaboratively communicate with you. Parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles are all welcome in Ms. Branca’s classroom! She looks forward to meeting you and getting to know each student and their families.