Hi, my name is Elyse Cortez and I'm currently the first grade teacher at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic School in Austin, Tx. I am currently in the middle of my 3rd year of teaching and am continuing to grow and learn as a teacher.
I started this website originally as a blog, then attempted to transform it into a classroom website and now have an online portfolio with classroom links.
Musician - I'm a violinist with 15 years of experience and I give private lessons in my spare time. I also taught myself to play the ukulele and am currently learning guitar and brushing up on piano.
Artist - Coming from an artistic family I enjoy spending time with watercolors, home decor craft projects, stamping and crocheting.
Reader - I'm a huge Hitchhikers Guide fan and lover of John Green. My favorite children's authors are Mo Willems, James Marshall, Jon Klassen, Shel Silverstein and Dr. Suess.
Writer - I greatly enjoy creative writing. I try to write poetry whenever I can. I have a small collection of poems I've written that maybe one day I'll publish.
Adventurer - Swimming is my favorite physical activity. I'll go swimming outdoors anytime of year. I also enjoy hiking, camping and backpacking.