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Gabriella Torgerson

Kindergarten Teacher
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About Me!

I grew up in San Jose, California with 3 fun brothers, 2 loving sisters, and 2 wonderful parents. I spent 4 years at Whitworth University studying Elementary Education and Spanish. In 2009 I graduated and moved back to the Bay Area where I taught First Grade in San Jose, California for 2 years. After teaching First Grade I taught Outdoor Science for 2 years at a camp in the redwoods near Santa Cruz. I got to hike, collect eggs from our chickens, lead danced for our barn dance, go on field trips to the beach (where we would have squid dissections and plankton observations), be silly at skit night, and study stream ecology. I then moved to Grand Junction and taught First Grade at a bilingual school for one year. My friends told me about Fort Collins, and I moved here after getting a job teaching Kindergarten at Harris Bilingual. I now call Fort Collins home, loving living here, and am so thankful to be teaching Kindergarten at Shepardson!

I am married to my wonderful husband Travis, who works as a RN in the GI Lab at PVH! We both enjoy biking to work every day, mountain biking and backcountry skiing together, and caring for our chickens! We are excited to welcome a little one to our family this fall.  :)

I LOVE to be outdoors! My favorite way to enjoy the great outdoors is mountain biking singletrack trails (especially in the alpine!) In addition to riding with friends, I also enjoy mountain bike racing cross country trails in Colorado and Wyoming. Racing on a mountain bike is challenging, scary, and fun! I have also done a half Ironman, a few triathlons, a couple half marathons and a full marathon. I love setting goals and having a challenge!

When it is summer you'll find me mountain biking, camping, hiking, and backpacking. When it's fall you'll find me doing the same plus some road biking and staring at all the fall colors! When it is winter you might find me backcountry skiing, baking sourdough, and playing games when it's dark and cold. :)

Kindergarten is my FAVORITE grade! I absolutely love spending every day teaching the Kinder friends, learning about phonemic awareness, phonics, math, writing, science, etc! We sing all the time, show compassion and kindness to others around us, and learn a lot. 

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