First Grade Aide/Librarian
Beth Lottridge was raised in Anchorage and is a graduate of West High School. After her children enrolled at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Mrs. Lottridge began volunteering at the school. In 2009, she
joined the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School as the school’s librarian and since then has served the school in a variety of job capacities.
Mrs. Lottridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Russell Sage College in New York. After graduation, she moved back to Alaska and married her high school sweetheart, Greg Lottridge. Prior to that she worked in the Children’s Department at Z.J. Loussac Library but later took several years off when her children were young.
“Don’t you know that all the best things are invisible? Sometimes you have to believe in order to see. That is my motto, that is the key Darlings.”
Melissa Larsen was born and raised in Florida and grew up attending Catholic schools. She joined SEAS as the first-grade teacher in fall 2022. Prior to moving to Alaska, her family was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington where she taught at Saint Patrick Catholic School in Tacoma.
“My mission as a teacher is to create a safe, empowering place where students feel truly seen, known, and loved,” said Mrs. Larsen. “When these important needs are met, students feel comfortable trying new things, taking academic risks, and stepping into the person God created them to be!”
Mrs. Larsen will graduate in 2022 with a Master of Education degree with an emphasis in elementary education and teaching from Western Governors University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and also holds an Associate in Psychology from Valencia College.
In her free time, Mrs. Larsen enjoys spending time with her family full of boys where they can often be found outside, playing and exploring, reading a good book, or creating something new!
“Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work.”
At SEAS, the fabulous world of first grade is an exciting time for students to dive into building solid reading skills. Everyday students learn new vocabulary words and important grammar skills, which helps them begin to develop their writing. In a structured and creative environment, students learn about many of the wonderful places all around the world through the study of maps. First graders become marvelous mathematicians as they develop their basic math skills. First grade opens many new doors of discovery for the children.
First Grade Experience Highlights
- UAA Planetarium Field Trip
- Student-Led Science Experiments
- Flat Stanley
- Phonics and Sight Words
- Vocabulary Development
- D’Nealian Handwriting
- Creating Writing
- Addition and Substraction Facts
- Place Value
- Creating Writing
- Money, Time, Measurements, Shapes, Fractions
- Problem Solving SkillsProblem Solving Skills
- Introduction to Life Sciences Including Animals and Habitats
- Earth Sciences Including Weather and Astronomy
- Physical Sciences Including States of Matter and Energy
- Geography of the United States
- Map Reading
- Famous Americans
- American Monuments
- Current Events
- Religion - 5x per week
- Music - 1x per week
- Spanish - 2x per week
- Library - 1x per week
- Computer - 1x per week
- P.E. - 2x per week