Originally from Montana, Lisa Orizotti joined SEAS in 2006 as the first-grade teacher which she taught for 13 years before moving to the Pre-K program. Prior to moving to Alaska with her husband Tony, she taught elementary school in Montana for nine years.
Mrs. Orizotti has a strong commitment to Catholic education. “Whether it’s reading a story, doing a math lesson, or showing a science experiment, it is always beneficial to be able to share my Catholic faith in the daily schedule,” she says.
Mrs. Orizotti earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana. Additionally, she has also worked with preschool-age children for seven years at New Horizons Preschool in Anchorage.
With her husband Tony, Mrs. Orizotti has three children, all of whom attended SEAS. Her family has been parishioners at since 1998.
Whether she is reading a story, doing a math lesson, or showing a Science experiment, Mrs. Orizotti believes it is always beneficial to be able to share her Catholic faith in the daily schedule.
“Always pray to have eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God!”
Melissa Myers is originally from Idaho. With more than 28 years of professional teaching experience, Mrs. Myers has dedicated her career to elementary education. In addition to Alaska, she has also taught in Colorado, Idaho, and Washington.
“I believe that every child can learn,” says Mrs. Myers. “Children develop at different rates and have different needs, and I strive to honor all of these. I expose my students to many educational activities to challenge them while also focusing on their social and emotional learning.”
Mrs. Myers earned a Bachelor of Science Education from the University of Idaho with a major in Elementary Education. She also completed a Master of Science Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Seattle Pacific University.
With her husband, Jim, Mrs. Myers has a son Matthew who just recently got married. They also have a miniature poodle named Amber, who keeps them busy.
“Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.”
Pre-K offers an opportunity for exposure to many different concepts
that will prepare young learners for Kindergarten and beyond. The
classroom is staffed with a fully certified teacher and full-time aide.
All concepts are taught within a weekly unit theme such as polar
bears, Christmas, weather, fire safety, fall, dinosaurs, winter, zoo
animals and so on. Fun arts and crafts activities accompany these
units (as well as science or social studies themes), which allow
children to develop their fine motor skills. Children learn how the
classroom functions and how to relate to their classmates all while
maintaining a fun, joy-filled atmosphere.
Pre-K Experience Highlights
- Before and Aftercare available
- A Maximum class size of 20*
- Enrichment classes that Include Music & P.E.
- Pre-K Students “buddy” with third graders who read to them once per week.
- Introduction to letter names and sounds.
- Phonemic awareness concepts covered such as beginning sounds, syllables, and rhyming.
- Learning to do directed drawings to practice fine motor and listening skills.
- Exposure to poetry, fiction and non-fiction genres.
- Counting to 20
- Patterning and position words
- 2D and 3D shapes
- Sorting by attributes (Color, size, and shape)
- The stories of God’s Love program for preschool.
- The life of Jesus and his disciples while relating it to social and emotional concepts for young children.
- Many lessons focus on how to work and play with others and how to be good stewards of God’s world.