First Grade

Welcome to 1st Grade! You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. In first grade, students will continue to build on their knowledge of reading and writing as they master foundational skills. We hope that you will hear your child read often and talk more about certain topics as they develop their reading comprehension and critical literacy skills. First Graders will continue to develop their understanding of how numbers work in order to learn more complicated addition, subtraction, and mathematical problem solving skills. They will take on the role of scientists like aquarium researchers who are working to explain animal and plant defenses or engineers that are looking to create sound sources for theaters. This year will be filled with activities to develop socioemotional skills such empathy, self-management, positive relationship skills, and self-awareness. We hope that your child leaves 1st Grade with a love for reading, a passion for learning, an appreciation for multicultural perspectives, and a stronger sense of social awareness and responsibility!



Linsey Oglanian

I have taught at Kellogg School for eight amazing years. In those years, I have taught 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade. I feel so lucky to be a part of the amazing Kellogg community. Kellogg is home. 

Prior to teaching at Kellogg, I taught Language Arts and Reading  at West Chicago Middle School. Following that, I taught  Advanced English at Dundee Crown High School; both schools were located in the west suburban towns outside of the city of Chicago.

Having taught so many grade levels, I feel so grateful to have spent a majority of my career teaching 1st grade at Kellogg! I love working with this grade level as it is beyond rewarding and so, so special. 

I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 with my Bachelors of Arts in English and my Bachelors of Science in Education. Following my undergraduate degrees, I received my Masters of Education in Reading Literacy from Benedictine University in Illinois in 2010. 

I am originally from Chicago and moved to Santa Barbara in 2010. I live here with my husband (Eric), two daughters (Sofia, 5  and Olivia, 3), and our puppy Dilly Pickle. During our free time, we love running, hiking, going to the beach, exploring bookstores, and taking adventures in this beautiful place we now call home.

Tara Svensson

Coming Soon!