Janine Gummesen

Teachers - Elementary - Late Immersion


Welcome to 5th grade! My name is Janine Gummesen and I have the privilege of being your child’s teacher this year! I hope you are ready for another great year at École St. Gerard!

To let you know a bit more about myself, I was born here in Grande Prairie, but grew up in Salmon Arm, B.C. I also lived in New Brunswick for a year. This will be my eighth year at St-Gerard School. I started in Grade 3 and followed the students to Grade 4 where I spent 2 years and then followed the kids to Grade 5. This will be my fifth year in Grade 5. Outside of school I love spending time with friends, camping, walking my dog Hope, working out and playing guitar.

I have a lot of experience with learning difficulties, and I have many ideas to help struggling students, as well as those who are advanced. I have been able to learn more about different types of kids through teaching, tutoring and working as a camp counselor with Tim Horton’s camps. You can expect my class to be very active and energized. I believe that school should be a fun learning environment and I do my best to ensure my classroom is stimulating and inviting. My classroom is equipped with exercise balls instead of chairs. This method has proven to be excellent for student concentration, comfort and overall health. Our district is centered on a balanced literacy approach and so you can also expect many fun and interactive centers to allow your child to learn and discover through activities and projects. My three main focuses in the classroom are reading, writing and having fun. I hope that by the end of the year your child will be an avid reader and writer who associates school with fun! My classroom is also very musical! There will undoubtedly be a few concerts throughout the year. I believe that music and learning go hand in hand. Lastly, faith is at the foundation of my teaching and we spend a good amount of time each day in prayer and learning about faith, God, and what it means to be Christian. It is my hope that students not only learn the core curriculum in my class, but that they leave my class being a better person, more loving and accepting and displaying Christian character. I hope these different approaches, mixed with a caring and respectful classroom environment, will ensure your child’s success this year!

Ongoing dialogue between home and school is very important. I will be sending home monthly newsletters as well as notes in the agenda. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone, e-mail or via your child’s agenda if you have any questions, concerns or feedback! I know together we can make this year a fabulous one for your child!