All About Mrs. Cichosz
 
Hello! My name is Melissa Cichosz (pronounced Chee-hose), but most everyone calls me Missy. Let me tell you a little about myself!

I am originally from Winona and am proud to say that I attended the Winona Area Catholic Schools and am a 1994 graduate of Cotter High School! I attended St. Mary's University and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Elementary Education (PreK-8). I then moved to Laramie, Wyoming and was a lead preschool teacher at the University of Wyoming Child Care Center! It was an unbelievable job to have right out of college and I learned so much! In the spring of 2000 I returned to Winona and was very fortunate to be hired by WACS to teach kindergarten. I will now be starting my eighteenth year with WACS!

In the summer of 2008, I chose to continue my education and can officially say that I am also a certified Reading Specialist. This program, I believe has helped me better meet the needs of my young students. All the knowledge that I have gained has reinforced what I do to prepare your child to read and know that this is an important pivotal year to gain a good foundation for years to come!

I am a very family oriented person and I love the fact that I have family in Winona. I am one of four children in my family. I have one older brother, an older sister and a younger sister. In the fall of 2000 I married my high school sweetheart, Chris. He works for Winona State University as the Director of Security. He previously worked for the Sheriff's Office in Winona County for 14 years in many capacities.  He was  the K9 handler of an 11 year old German Shepherd named Blitz who just recently passed away. We have two children with another on the way. Jackson will be 15 in November and is in the 9th grade. He loves hockey, football, lacrosse and playing baseball. He also enjoys the river, swimming, fishing, hunting, riding his bike and helps out his dad whenever he can! Ryan just turned 12 and is in the sixth grade at St. Stan's. He enjoys golf, tennis, swimming, riding his bike and baseball. We are happy to announce that we will be completing our family in the next few months. We will be welcoming a baby girl into our lives and after the initial shock, we are thrilled and looking forward to the changes ahead. We all enjoy spending time together. We love the river, gardening, going camping, biking, swimming, vacationing and even helping get a project done on the house.

I believe communication is an essential part of living and learning. Communication is a very important tool that I use everyday at home as well as at school. I try to adapt so that all my students will learn no matter what their learning capabilities are. My classroom fosters good communication with students and parents alike. That will allow it to be an effective and successful learning environment! I look forward to another wonderful, spirited group of kindergartners that will strive to be the best they can be and have fun doing it!