5th Grade-Ms. Shpizner

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About Me

My name is Cara Shpizner. This is my second year teaching at LEAD, however I was a student teacher in 2017 in Mrs. Cheng's 5th grade class. I love being a part of the community at LEAD, where staff, students, and parents support each other and take care of each other. I strive to create a community of learners in my classroom who support each other and learn from their mistakes. Through growth mindset, I aim to build students' confidence and strengthen their identities as learners. We focus on strategies rather than correct answers, becoming a positive group member, and learning from our mistakes to become stronger individuals and contributing members of society. I am very passionate about children's literature, and one of my favorite things to do is recommend a book to a child that I know they will love.


Fun Facts About Me

My favorite book is Harry Potter. I have a dog named Ari (who is the only thing I love more than teaching!). I love music. I play the ukulele and hope to bring my love of music into the classroom. I was a ballet dancer for 10 years growing up and through college.


My Education

  • MA in Teaching Reading and Credential from University of San Francisco
  • BA in Psychology and Child Development from Scripps College


If any homework is not completed, the first offense will be a warning. Thereafter, students will be expected to complete their homework at recess.

  • 30 minutes of math
    • Students are asked to spend no more than 30 minutes on their math homework.
  • 30-40 minutes of reading
    • Students may bring home books from our classroom library, with the expectation that they will bring the book back the next day. If a student loses one of our classroom library books, they will be asked to replace it and may lose the privilege of bringing books home.
    • Status of the Class: instead of nightly reading logs, I hold students accountable for their nightly reading through Status of the Class, a process where every morning, I ask each student about what they are reading.
  • Music
    • Students are expected to practice their musical instrument for at least 10 minutes per night, and bring their instrument and music books to school every Wednesday for music


Weekly Specials

  • P.E.: Mondays 8:20-9:10 and Wednesdays 9:15-10:05
  • Music: Wednesdays 10:30-11
  • Library: Thursdays 1-1:30
  • Math with Ms. Evans: Fridays 9:05-10:05

Daily Schedule

8:05-8:30 Greeting, Morning Work, and Status of the Class Circle

8:30-9:30 Math Lesson

9:30-10:05 Small Group Lessons

10:05-10:25 Recess

10:25-12 Language Arts (Reader's Workshop, Independent Reading, Writing, and/or Small Groups)

12-1 Lunch

1-2:30 Social Studies, Science, or Art


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Ms. Cara Shpizner

(650) 312-7550 x4450


Please email me or call me with any questions or concerns. I am here to support you and your student, so please reach out at any time.