Second grade is a year of growth towards a love of life-long learning! The students are inspired to dive into world history through creating interactive journals. While studying Ancient Greece, the students learn all about the Gods and Goddesses and get to dress up and participate in Greek Olympics! Other exciting lessons include Ancient China and Life Cycles.
Mrs. Houser teaches 2nd grade. This is Mrs. Houser’s 3rd year with Responsive Education, and her 8th year teaching. She previously taught Pre-k for four years. She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s in Teaching from the University of Arkansas. Mrs. Houser has a standard Arkansas Educator’s license to teach PK through 4th grade, and is certified English as a Second Language PK to 12th grade. In January, Mrs. Houser and her husband celebrated 11 years of marriage, and together they have three daughters. Outside of school, Mrs. Houser enjoys spending time with her family, going on walks, antiquing/thrifting, traveling, and watching Razorback football.
Miss. Meza was born in Southern California, but has lived in Arkansas for the last 14 years. She attended Northwest Arkansas Community College, where she was involved in many clubs and organizations such as Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Kappa Delta, Student Government, and many others. While attending NWACC, she worked as a preschool teacher in Bentonville. Miss Meza earned her Associate’s degree in science then transferred to Missouri Southern State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education for grades 1-6 and her TESOL/ESOL certification for grades k-12. This is Miss Meza’s first year with responsive ed, and her first year as an elementary school teacher. Outside of school, Miss Meza enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, visiting family, and drinking tea or coffee.
This is Mrs. Paladino's 2nd year with Responsive Education. This year she will be teaching 2nd Grade, and will help coach the Spartan Cheer Squad. It will be her 14th year of teaching. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Mrs. Paladino is certified in the areas of Pre-K-6 and 7-8 Social Studies. She began her teaching career in North Little Rock, Arkansas where she spent 6 years at Immaculate Conception Catholic School teaching 5th grade and 1st grade. While there, she also sponsored the Junior High Pom and Cheer squads. Once she moved to Northwest Arkansas, she spent time teaching 2nd and then 4th/5th grade at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School. She then moved on to Northwest Arkansas Community College, where she taught Microsoft Office classes, and finally went on to Walker Elementary as a Literary Interventionist before moving on to here at NWACA. Mrs. Paladino and her husband, Joe, have been married 23 years. Together they have a 15 year old daughter, Addison, who attends Lincoln Junior High and a 23 year old daughter, Taylor, who is married to her high school sweetheart, Ryan. Outside of school, Mrs.Paladino enjoys a wide variety of activities. When chilling out, she plays with her two labs and three granddogs, reads books, listens to music, and enjoys just being outdoors. When feeling artsy, she likes to draw and create crafts from Pinterest. When in the sporting mood, she loves football, baseball, canoeing, and hiking. Her most favorite activity is dancing, whether it be, ballet, tap, jazz, or just freestyling to music.