Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Elementary Education - minors in Math & Science M.S. in Elementary Education
Mrs. Lorna Rootare
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I am Mrs. Lorna Rootare and glad to be in Family Three, my happy place. New this year, I am part of a five-person team with all of the Family Three teachers working together. All teachers will be teaching multiple subjects so it is not a simple thing to say a particular teacher will be teaching a specific subject. For example, both Mrs. Vine and I will be teaching science. If you are in my homeroom though I will be your science teacher. Mrs. Natalie Wahl will be your reading teacher and Mrs. Jillian Jablonski will be teaching you social studies. When I say this is my happy place, it is! I have been a Family Three teacher, teaching the 5th and 6th grades at Webster for over 20 years! I love these ages, they are old enough to understand humor, have multiple things going on, and are pretty willing to try new things. My first-grade teacher was a hero to me and I have wanted to be a teacher since being in her class. I attended Eastern Michigan University for both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Elementary Science and Math.
After last year and all of the changes it entailed to keep everyone safe, it is very nice to have all students back to school at Webster, able to move from class to class. Kids like to move and it is a good thing that our new plan for this year is to continue with some safety protocols - like masks, and keeping a bit of distance when possible - while also letting students go from class to class for their different subjects, rather than having them wait for teachers to move and then waiting again while teachers would get logged in for each class. It is going to be a good year!
Now, to learn a bit more about me read on! The kinds of things that bring balance to me are relationships; with my family, friends, and students. I also try to treat each day as a new day for students and myself. I like to keep busy with the things that I feel feed your soul. This includes some walking, paper crafting with others, and in the summer kayaking with my daughter, Sidney. My husband, Niel, and I are parents to four awesome kids, (yes, I may be a bit biased.) With our children pretty much grown (my 'baby' Ryan is in his senior year of college at Wayne State and Lindsay, Michael, and Sidney are all working 'grown up' jobs), it makes perfect sense that our 'Pandemic Puppy' - Sammy - has come to occupy much of my time. He was one year in April and is definitely the baby of the family now. Making cards is a favorite creative outlet for me as is baking, and both are hobbies that I love to share. At school, math and science are my main background but I also like to help students find ways to incorporate creativity into their learning and just plain have fun too. Animals are another love. Sammy, our pup, is at home and my turtle, Lucky, is a part of our class during the school year. He is the happiest turtle you will ever meet, truly! He very much prefers being in school to get almost unlimited attention from students as compared to only a few people at home. Finally, the last major thing that makes me happy is reading. I am a news junkie, and almost always am reading multiple books at a time.
Having a little background on me professionally and personally, I want you to also know it is my most sincere wish that home and school will work together to form a support team for the students in my classes. If you are a returning student and family, you know this already. Positive attitudes and consistent support make the school experience good for most students and are even more important for those dealing with difficulties. Together, we can be the difference that helps your child to be successful. If you need to reach me please use email as this is checked multiple times daily. Thank you for entrusting your child and their learning to me.
Below you will find links to the other Family Three teacher websites: