Biography

Hello! My name is Annie Schenzel and I am the newest teacher at Florence Elementary. I got to join the team in January of 2020 as the new 5th grade teacher. It has been an exciting time, as well as surprising since we are now doing distance learning. I work hard to stay connected with my 5th grade families and hope you always feel comfortable to reach out. 

I was born and raised in Omaha. I moved to Austin, Texas when I was 21 to begin my college career. Before that, I traveled abroad, working for non-profits and experiencing other places in the world such as India and Romania. When I started college, I studied Modern Dance. After three years of studying dance in Austin, I moved to New York City and started my Elementary Education Degree. I graduated from Hunter College in 2015. Finally, when I moved back to Omaha in 2016, I worked at Monessori Co-Op School in toddler, pre-school, and elementary classrooms. I decided to get my masters degree and Nebraska Teaching Certificate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I love learning, so being in the classroom is a stimulating and rewarding experience!
I am thrilled to be working in OPS and at Florence Elementary. Getting to know the Florence Foxes has been a treasure. 

Academics

In my classroom we celebrate each other's successes and encourage one another when we are struggling. It is very important that the classroom is a safe space where everyone feels comfortable to try new things, make mistakes, and adjust to new information. I certainly like to try new things and am not afraid of failure, if it means I am still going to try my best. These are some of the most important themes we will dedicate ourselves to all year long. 

In 5th grade, math really starts to heat up. Encourage your student to get on ixl.com at home, or if your household does not have a computer, make sure they are practicing their multiplication and division facts. Being fluent in these will help students avoid small mistakes when solving more complicated problems as the year progresses. 
Additionally, students access raz-kids.com to help them improve their reading. Beyond that, encourage your student to read aloud to you. Encourage them to make the story interesting by adding expression and emphasis on appropriate passages. 

Schedule

8:40 Principal's greeting - Move to classrooms

8:40-8:50 Put personal belongings in lockers, bring anything needed for the day into the classroom, take a seat and begin bell work
8:50-8:55 Morning Announcements 
8:55-9:00 Solve bell work, discuss any important information about the day ahead
9:00-9:45 Whole Group Math
9:45-10:45 Math Small Group Rotations
10:45-11:30 Social Studies (5 weeks) switch to Science (5 weeks)
11:30-11:55 Writing
11:55-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:25 Recess
12:25-12:50 Writing continued
12:50-1:15 Whole Group Reading
1:15-2:05 Specials
2:05-4:00 Reading Small Group Rotations
4:00-4:05 Clean up, fill out assignment notebook, dismissal

Ms. Schenzel

Annie Schenzel

Contact Info

Annie.Schenzel1@ops.org