1st Grade

Meet Our 1st Grade Teachers

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Churchill, Andrew

Mr. Churchill

Hi!! My name is Drew Churchill and it's my first year here at Hancock! I grew up just down the road, graduating from Serra in 2011. I moved up to Los Angeles for a couple of years to get my degree in Geology at UCLA, but I always knew I'd find my way back to San Diego. I got my teaching credential at PLNU and I am now in my second year teaching. My goal in education is to be someone who develops students who enjoy learning and are able to adapt to each unique learning opportunity presented to them. This might be why my favorite thing to teach is science. When I'm not teaching you can probably find me playing, or watching, tennis and soccer or going on a weekend camping trip.

You can reach me at achurchill@sandi.net

 

 Clonts, Whitney

Ms. Clonts

Hello everyone! My name is Ms. Clonts I LOVE being a teacher! This is my first year in 1st grade, my second year as a full-time teacher here at Hancock, and my fourth year at Hancock overall. I was privileged to have student taught here 3 years ago under the expert guidance of my fellow 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Conner; then, the next year I was a long-term maternity leave sub. I am so grateful and lucky to be part of such an awesome school and community! Before getting my credential, I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from SDSU. After that, I spent 5 years working on the Viejas reservation tutoring Native American students of all ages and teaching a math skill-building course. I am a San Diego County native who grew up in nearby Santee. When I’m not doing my favorite thing in the world which is teaching, you can find me spending time with friends and family exploring the San Diego food scene, going to the movies and live music shows, and going on adventures with my crazy Toy Fox Terrier, Bandit.

You can reach me at wclonts@sandi.net

 

Conner, Patricia

Mrs. Connor

Hi! My name is Patty Conner. I have been a teacher for 18 years. All of them here at Hancock and 17 of them in first grade. I love the energy and enthusiasm that first graders have when it comes to their learning. I am a San Diego native. Leaving only to attend Sonoma State in Northern California. I then returned to get my teaching credential at SDSU. I have two brothers that served in the Navy. I have seen how their deployments affected their families. I try to bring this knowledge and understanding to my classroom. When I am not teaching I am having fun with my family. I have been married for 18 years and have 2 boys. Aidan (13) and Bryce (9). I love being a part of the Hancock family and can't imagine teaching anywhere else.

You can reach me at pconner@sandi.net

 

Mrs.Engberg

You can reach me at  dengberg@sandi.net.

 

 

Hallaran, Nicole

Mrs. Hallaran

Hi, my name is Nicole Hallaran and I have been teaching for 15 years. Throughout my career, I have taught 1st through 5th grade, and have worked as literacy support teacher as well. For the past 4 years, I have really enjoyed teaching 1st grade. I love helping students build their educational foundation and igniting their passion for learning. I am a San Diego native and a 3rd time graduate from San Diego State University. I have a Master's degree in Education. I have been married for 10 years and have 3 amazing children. Madison is now 21 and pursuing a film degree at San Jose State University. My son Miles is 9 and lives for baseball. My youngest daughter Macy is 4 and currently discovering her many interests. I am new to the staff at Hancock this year and excited about the opportunity to work with you all.

You can reach me at nhallaran@sandi.net

 

Rowe, Patricia

Ms. Rowe

Hello everyone! My name is Patricia Rowe and I love my job. Teaching and learning is my passion. I think of myself as a learning coach who encourages kids to become their best learners. It is the students who make my job so fun and interesting. Everyday is a new adventure as together we learn something new and exciting. I have had so many amazing experiences doing this job. I have taught all grades from K to 8 and I have been at Hancock for more than a decade!

Here is a little history about me. I was born right here in San Diego. I have a master's degree in multicultural education and recently completed my administrative credential. I have four kids of my own. They are all in their 20's now. When I'm not working in my classroom I have lots of other hobbies. I stay busy doing things with my Corgi. I love old school rock and roll and play drums in a band. I love to paint, and I love to dance.

You can reach me at prowe@sandi.net

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