Welcome to Mr. Gutknecht's First Grade Classroom!

Hi, my name is Stafford Gutknecht. I am one of the classroom teachers who will be working with your child this year. This will be my thirty-first  year as a classroom teacher.  All but one of these years has been in Minneapolis Public Schools. I have taught 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and am now in my fourth year with first graders. It has a challenging but rewarding endeavor.  Switching grade levels has given me a  wonderful opportunity to work with children at the other end of the learning continuum in elementary school. I have enjoyed working with the other first grade teachers, Mrs. Lima and Mr. Forsline.  This year we are taking on the challenge of distance learning with your children.  We will be putting forth all our efforts to make this year exciting, productive and memorable for students.

My education includes a bachelors degree in social work from Moorhead State University and a post-baccalaureate degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota. Besides teaching I have volunteered and worked with children in a variety of capacities. It was at a summer camp back in 1979 that I discovered the joy of working with kids, and I've been at it ever since.

This year in first grade you can expect me to work with your child's natural curiosiity and enthusiam toward learning, while helping them develop and grow academically and socially. Our focus will be one the three Rs, relationship, rigor and relevance. These three Rs will be intertwined in all the activities we do throughout the year.

I look forward to partnering with you in the education of your child. I will work hard to communicate with you on regular basis about what is happening in the classroom and around the school. Room 108 has an open door policy. Parents are welcome to stop by and check out the learning going on. Communication via written note, the telephone, and email are welcome and efforts will be made to respond to them promptly.The school phone number is 320-8030429. My email is stafford.gutknecht@mpls.k12.mn.us. Email is the best way to contact me.

Let's have an adventure in learning!

Stafford Gutknecht