First Grade

First grade in an exciting year filled with inspiring curiosity led by phenomenal team. The children grow from reciting poetry and enjoying Singapore math. They experience the journey our country took from 13 colonies to the formation of our great nation. Students are encouraged to ask questions about science, attend field trips throughout the year, and learn to read and write through explicit teaching methods.

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Mrs. Anderson

Mrs. Anderson teaches first grade and this is Mrs. Anderson's 8th year with Responsive Education, and her 17th year teaching. Previously, she has taught at a private Christian school, as well as in the public school system in Colorado. Mrs. Anderson has taught everything from special education preschool to 5th grade. For two years she was the 504 coordinator and Dyslexia Interventionist at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University, and her masters in Inclusionary Practices at University of Colorado. In September, Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Shawn, celebrated 6 years of marriage. Together they have 4 grown children and one child who still attends as one of our original Spartans! Outside of school, Mrs. Anderson enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and long walks with Mr. Anderson.


Mrs. Ezell

Mrs. Ezell received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Oakland City University in Indiana. This year will make her 31st year in teaching, of which, she taught 22 years in kindergarten, 6 years in second grade, 1 year in 3rd grade, and 1 year in 5th grade. She and her husband, Dennis, have been married for 37 years and have 2 children and 1 grandbaby. Her oldest daughter, Samantha, graduated from the U of A in Fayetteville and is a high school English teacher at Gravette. Her husband, Ryan, graduated from the U of A with a computer degree is now is a programmer for J. B. Hunt. Samantha and Ryan just had their first baby, Leah Rose, 1 month ago. Her youngest daughter, Roseanna, graduated from the University of the Ozarks at Clarksville where she majored in accounting and played basketball for 4 years. She is now employed as an accountant for Walton Enterprises. Her husband, Bobby, graduated from the University of the Ozarks where he majored in economics and played baseball for 4 years. He is currently a financial analyst for J. B. Hunt. Dennis is employed at NWACA as the maintenance technician with licenses for electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, safety regulations, and their overall plant operations. Mrs. Ezell believes in the philosophy that "children may never remember what I taught them, but they will remember how I treated them." She loves teaching because she loves making learning fun for others.


Ms. Walsh

Miss Walsh teaches first grade at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. This is her 2nd year with Responsive Education. She earned her Bachelor of Marketing in Retail from the University of Arkansas, but quickly learned she wanted to be in the classroom. She graduated from Harding University in August of 2020 with her Masters in Elementary Education. Miss Walsh is certified in the areas of K-6 Education. In June 2021, Miss Walsh will be getting married. Stay tuned next year for a new last name! Outside of school, she enjoys watching and playing sports, being outside, cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.


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Mrs. Lay

Mrs. Lay teaches 1st grade at NWA Classical Academy. This is Mrs. Lay's 1st year with Responsive Education, and her 6th year teaching. Previously, she has taught at Christian Unified Schools of San Diego as a Kindergarten teacher, and the Arkansas Arts Academy as a 2nd grade teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Missouri Southern State University. Mrs. Lay is certified in the areas of Early Childhood Education grades PK-4, Middle Childhood Language Arts/SS grades 4-8 and Middle Childhood Science/Math grades 4-8. In August of 2020, Mrs. Lay and her husband, Landon, celebrated 16 years of marriage. Together they have two daughters, one who started Kindergarten this year, and one who entered the 4th grade, both with NWA Classical Academy. Outside of school, Mrs. Lay enjoys the outdoors, hiking, running, boating, camping, and participating in fun outings with her two daughters in Girl Scouts.