Mrs. Bradshaw was born and raised in Anchorage and is the oldest of five children. After graduating from Service High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Northern Arizona University. After completing her degree, Mrs. Bradshaw and her husband moved back to Alaska to be closer to family and raise their two sons. She spent the next 12 years enjoying family life and working part-time for a small mining exploration business.
In 2000, Caroline and her family entered the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Throughout their elementary education, both of her sons attended SEAS. Mrs. Bradshaw loved volunteering at the school while her children attended and she realized that she was being called to teach. After working at Romig Middle School as a Special Education Teaching Assistant, in 2014 she earned a Master Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and began teaching the fifth grade at SEAS.
“The biggest gift we can give to our children, and the primary role I play as an educator at St. Elizabeth, is to facilitate within each child a deep sense of faith and relationship with Jesus, interwoven with a passion for learning,” said Mrs. Bradshaw.
Outside of school, Mrs. Bradshaw loves spending time with family and friends, going on outdoor adventures, gardening, and creating good things in the kitchen.
“Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.”
Fantastic learning occurs in fifth grade! Throughout the school year, students gain a strong foundation in the formation of critical thinking skills, which are emphasized and developed as students explore thought-provoking academics. Students hone their writing skills on research projects and short stories. Hands-on activities help teach science concepts. Classroom discussions and presentations are an integral component of the fifth-grade curriculum, as is learning about, and practicing, our faith. Students participate in several projects that include:
Head Start Service Project
Students deliver the school's Thanksgiving food drive donations to Head Start and spend the afternoon reading their handwritten and illustrated short stories to the preschoolers.
Christmas Around the World
Students research and write a paper on how Christmas is celebrated in another country. They then present their research to the class. To help transport the class to their celebration students are encouraged to bring in authentic Christmas dishes, decorations, music, and traditional dress.
Every Friday afternoon, students spend 20 minutes with Jesus in the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's adoration chapel in prayer, reading, or quiet contemplation.
- Reading for main idea and supporting details
- Literacy analysis
- Writing process
- Book reports
- Paragraph writing
- Creative writing
- Report research, writing and presentations
- Note-taking skills
- Vocabulary and spelling enrichment
- Place Value
- Add & subtract whole numbers, decimals and Fractions
- Multiply & divide whole numbers
- Use algebraic expressions
- Equations and function tables
- Display and interpret data
- Develop fraction concepts
- Use multiples and factors
- Use measurement in the metric system
- Measure perimeter, area and volume
- Slavery and Emancipation
- The Civil War and Reconstruction
- The Nation Changes
- The Nation is Industrialized
- American Expansion
- First and Second World Wars
- The Modern Era
- A Changing World
- Cells to body systems
- Energy and the ecosystem
- Classifying living things
- Religion - 5x per week
- Music - 2x per week
- Spanish - 2x per week
- Library - 1x per week
- Computer - 2x per week
- P.E. - 2x per week