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2nd Grade


Mrs. Elizabeth Czech

My name is Liz Czech, and I have been teaching at Mary of Lourdes Elementary School since the fall of 2002.   In my first year I taught 1st grade. The next fall I began teaching 2nd grade until 2019 when I was able to teach 3rd and 4th grade reading and math. I believe that children are a gift and possess different talents and capabilities. 

I believe each student learns in their own way and style. In my classroom students are in a safe and nurturing environment where each of them will experience success and progress.  It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond the four walls of our classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery.


It is my philosophy to teach from the heart while allowing students to discover their own abilities to be a lifelong learner and positive leader in our school community.


My name is Valerie Kula. I have been a Catholic school teacher for 30 years. I am a member of St. Mary’s Parish. I was actually baptized there and my family have been members for many generations before me. My friendship with Jesus is the most important thing in my life. I feel privileged to be able to share his message of love and mercy with my students and their families. 


My husband, Tony, teaches math for the Little Falls Community Schools. We have four grown children: Joseph, Molly, Elizabeth and Thomas. We enjoy getting together with our children and cheering on the Vikings with our extended family. We also like to travell. I enjoy reading great literature both myself and to my students.



-We pray daily, introduce and practice a variety of forms of prayer. 

-Students are prepared to receive for the first time the sacraments of reconciliation and eucharist incorporating the Blessed series       

 through Dynamic Catholic. 


Language Arts: 

-Students are taught phonics skills, skills to decode words; comprehension, fluency, and accuracy strategies when reading and also     

  strategies to expand students’ vocabularies. 

-We teach about and read different genres of literature. We teach and practice writing and speaking.

-Students also learn spelling through the Fry List and through the Reading Street series. 



-We teach and practice addition and subtraction facts and also work with double digit numbers.  

-Students learn place value, naming and writing numbers up to 100,000, comparing and ordering numbers, using data as portrayed in

  graphs, geometry and fractions. 

-We emphasize using information to solve problems. 



-We cover geography skills using maps and globes. 

-Students learn about events and people from history, cultures around the world and economics focusing on how people use money 

  and resources to meet their needs and wants. 

-We learn about living in a community and responsible citizenship. 

-We learn about government, voting and leaders, and laws. 



-We teach and use the scientific method and its steps and procedures as we do a variety of experiments.

-Students learn to classify animals and categories of animals. 

-We learn about the life cycles of living things and habitats.

-We learn about body systems and how they work and are kept healthy.

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