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Phone: (812) 462-4307

Welcome!  I am Shari Elder, a kindergarten teacher here at Rio Grande Elementary.  I have been teaching here since 2010 and I have loved every minute of it!  Prior to my teaching career, I had the opportunity to work at Hamilton Center with adult mentally ill individuals.  I enjoyed working with the clients and co-workers, but found my calling when I worked briefly at an elementary school in Nashville, IN.  It took me a few (6 years) to gain the courage to re-enter school to get my teaching degree, but I did it!  I have lived in North Terre Haute since I was a small child.  I am proud to be an Otter Creek Otter and North Patriot!  I graduated from St. Mary-of-the-Woods with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and another in Elementary Education. 


My husband, David, is also a teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School.  We have two amazing children, Tristan and Taelyn.  We also have Cesar, our Great Dane.  I enjoy spending my extra time traveling with my family.  We spend many weekends traveling for baseball and volleyball.  My favorite hobbies are reading and knitting.  My love for reading came after I graduated from high school.   I hope to encourage children to develop a love for reading at a younger age than I found it.  It is truly an amazing escape!

Kindergarten Supply List

  • *1 regular size plastic supply box
  • *4 glue sticks
  • *1 pair of child’s scissors
  • *2 boxes crayons (24 count)
  • *2 packages of Twistable colored pencils (12 count)
  • *1 set of inexpensive headphones (NOT earbuds)
  • *1 zippered nylon pencil pouch (with a clear plastic front for the sticker)
  • *2 DURABLE red, plastic folders with prongs
  • *8 black dry erase markers
  • * 1 white rectangle eraser
  • *1 small can of playdough
  • *1 box of tissues
  • 1 box of quart slide zipper baggies
  • 1 bottle hand sanitizer
  • 1 roll of paper towels



  • Boys-1 container of disinfectant wipes 
  • Girls-1 box gallon slide zipper baggies 
Chromebook Supplies

  • Ear Buds or headphones
  • (optional) Wireless Mouse
  • (optional) Keyboard Cover

Kindergarten Class Rules

 Keep hands, feet, and everything to yourself.

Sit and work quietly.

Walk at all times.

Be a good listener.

Use kind words.

Raise hand to talk.

Special Area Schedule

Monday:  PE

Tuesday:  Computer Lab

Wednesday:  Music

Thursday:  Art

Friday:  Library

Daily Schedule

8:15-9:45    Reading

9:45-10:45     Math

10:45-11:25    Lunch/Recess

11:25-11:45    Restroom Break 

11:45-12:10    Daily 5 

12:15-12:45    Writing 

12:45-1:25      Special Area Class

1:30-1:45        Recess

1:45-2:40       Science/Social Studies/Health

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