• Welcome to 5th Grade and Room 212!

    My name is Jennifer Altena and I teach 5th grade at Syre Elementary.  I've been teaching at Syre since 1999 in various grades - kindergarten, fourth, fifth, sixth, library - but most of my time has been spent at fifth grade.  I received my BA from Eastern Washington University and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Antioch University.  I am very proud of being a National Board Certified Teacher.  My own children, David (28) and Kathryn (25) attended Syre and I still live nearby so I know firsthand what a fantastic school and community this is.  In addition to teaching, my favorite things to do are reading, dancing, going to the movies, and traveling with my husband Ken.  I am also a huge fan of the Seattle Sounders and you'll see me at the games cheering on the team!

    In our classroom we are a team, just like the Sounders.  Our team consists of the students, their families, and myself.  We are all working together toward a shared goal - helping students grow and achieve as learners of the highest quality.  I am open to communication at any time.  If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to email me at jennifer.altena@shorelineschools.org and I will get back to you as quickly as I can, usually within 24 hours.  

    Let's all work together to make this a great year!

My family at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.