Mrs. D’Haenens

Gail D'Haenens

I was born and raised in sunny Southern California but have lived here in Utah for over 30 years. I came to Utah to attend B.Y.U. where I majored in elementary education. I student taught in second grade at Wasatch Elementary in Provo. After graduation I stayed home with my five children, three boys and two girls until my youngest started kindergarten. During that time I taught “Joy School”, a neighborhood preschool for children aged three to five years. I also worked in my home as a licensed daycare provider for four years. Since I wasn’t busy enough, I also volunteered at my children’s elementary school as their room mother and eventually served as P.T.A president there. I later served as P.T.A. president at Provo High School. After my youngest began school I decided to substitute teach and had the opportunity to teach every grade. I also worked as an aide in 3rd grade and 2nd grade. I taught computers, keyboarding, P.E. and art for 8 years to kindergarten through sixth grade students. Before coming to Lincoln I taught 5th grade math, 6th grade science and art to 5th and 6th graders at Westridge Elementary in Provo. During all those years of teaching, my real goal was to have a classroom of my own. I love to learn. I love the school environment. I like being around other teachers. I have always taken classes in order to learn new things and I plan to continue to learn right along with my students. This love of learning is a quality I hope to instill in the children I teach at Lincoln Academy. I am always willing to try something new with my students and especially like to do hands-on activities. I make an effort to coordinate activities across the curriculum, including reading, writing, art and a little fun too, in all subject areas, when possible. I will be entering my 12th year as a teacher at Lincoln Academy and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and working with the students, teachers, staff, and parents of Lincoln Academy. I look forward to a new group of eager learners. When I’m not playing with my twelve grandchildren, I like reading, hiking, biking and traveling. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to travel to London, Paris, Canada, Washington D.C., New York, Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Midwest.

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