Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Mo and Mrs. Uran
Welcome to Room 307 and 309!
While we are home working on social distancing you might be browsing our website wondering just what goes on in our first and second grade highly capable classrooms. We are building this website so keep checking back as we add more information and pages.
At Meridian Park, our highly capable magnet program is designed to challenge and stretch your child academically and socially. Students work cooperatively throughout much of the day. Students discuss and evaluate different strategies to solve problems together. These conversations are an important part of our program and enrich not only our math and literacy curriculum but are part of our classroom culture. We are not just working one year above in a few areas. Our program provides an opportunity for students to work at a faster pace, master concepts quickly and then dive deeper into subjects. We have the luxury of spending an afternoon discussing the deeper aspects of concepts, like whether or not a caterpillar is an insect. (Is it? I thought insects had 6 legs and an exoskeleton.) We routinely connect art and social studies to our math and literacy curriculum. We might spend a few days creating a new animal, researching and building appropriate habitats for our animal and writing origin stories. These experiences are unique to our program.
Is this educational experience the same as what will be provided at my child's homeschool if they opt out of the highly capable magnet program? No. There is no way to replicate the culture of a classroom that is designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of highly capable students. Walking to math, or working a grade level above in a general education classroom for an hour will not be the same learning experience. The peer to peer conversations, the pace and rigor will be different.
Students in our program are encouraged to grow socially and emotionally. We work on social AND academic skills and learn to navigate the tricky world of people together. It is OK to make mistakes. We provide our students with a safe learning environment to explore, grow and take risks. We fail sometimes and that's just fine. We praise hard work and effort to cultivate a positive growth mindset. Mistakes are proof that you are trying!
In the highly capable program most teachers go beyond the curriculum to provide additional learning experiences for students in most subject areas throughout the day. We adapt to our students' passions and interests and create learning opportunities that challenge and inspire. We have so much fun together.
If you have additional questions about our program, our expectations or changes to the highly capable program including what to expect if you stay at your homeschool, or change your mind and want to join the fun here at MP, please feel free to email us. We have taught both highly capable and general education classes and can discuss the differences with you and the best fit for your child.
A little about Mrs. Uran and Mrs Mo:
This Mrs. Uran's 17th year of teaching and her 14th year teaching highly capable students. She grew up in Richland, WA, graduated from University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and SPU. She is married and has two children, her son is a Junior at Shorewood and in the drumline. Her daughter is an 8th grader at Einstein and is a dancer. She can be found on the sidelines, in the stands, and in the audience cheering them on.
Mrs. Mo (short for Mohammed) has been teaching in the highly capable program for 5 years. She grew up in Eugene, Or (Go Ducks!) and graduated from SPU. She is married to Mr. Mo and when she is not busy teaching, she coaches girls gymnastics, loves to bake and cheer on her Oregon Ducks!
Mrs. Anderson has been working with us at MP for 6 years and this is the 5th year she has teamed with Mrs. Uran and Mrs. Mo to help teach our students. She grew up in Oahu, Hawaii and graduated from UPS and Western. She is married and has two children at Shorecrest. Her son is a sophomore and plays baseball and her daughter is a freshaman and a gymnast. She is busy driving them to their activities and cheering them on.
Mrs. Uran and Mrs. Mo teach part of the day together and part of the day apart. Our goal is to make learning as fun, challenging, and exciting as we possibly can. It's our mission to make the transition to Meridian Park and the Hi-Cap Program go smoothly for your child and to give our students the skills and confidence to be successful in our classroom, our school and beyond!
We are working hard at making virtual school a postive experience for our students. We are hopeful we will be back in Room 307 and 309 next fall with our students, our families and teacher friends. If you are a student who is joining us, we can't wait to meet you! If you are our student currently- WE MISS YOU!