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 7 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, 4 and Olivia, 1), and our dog Byron (9). During our free time, we love hiking, going to the beach, and exploring this beautiful place we now call home.


Stephanie Kasai

My name is Stephanie Kasai and this will be my third year as a 1st Grade teacher at Kellogg School. I was born and raised in the LA area with Japanese as my first language and English as my second. I am so grateful to be at Kellogg School with such an amazing staff and wonderful families to work with. Prior to becoming a teacher at Kellogg School, I spent my year as a student teacher at Isla Vista Elementary School. I earned my undergraduate degree, Masters in Education, and Teaching Credential from UC Santa Barbara. Go Gauchos! 

My love for working with children began in special education when I worked as a paraeducator for an organization dedicated to children with special needs and medical conditions. I eventually began teaching after moving to Japan to teach English in an after school university program for two years. Upon returning, I began working in a science outreach program for elementary schools where I immediately felt that elementary school teaching was my calling. 

What I find the most rewarding about teaching is forming relationships with each student and learning so much about each child’s unique qualities, backgrounds, and cultures. I strongly believe that learning happens most when a child is in an environment where she/he/they feels welcomed, valued, and cared for. It’s also such a privilege and honor to play a role in a child’s foundational learning and to be able to watch our students do things that they weren’t able to do before. It is amazing to see all of the growth that happens within a school year and I am truly lucky to be able to witness it.