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Miss Miranda Lefler, Teacher

Miranda is originally from Jerseyville, Illinois. She is one of eight children. Miranda now lives in Shipman, Illinois with her three dogs and eight chickens. She has planned to get married in the Fall of 2023. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She holds a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a Visual Arts endorsement for pre-kindergarten through Grade 12. Miranda is also an alumni of St. Francis/Holy Ghost Grade Schools and Marquette Catholic High School. Outside of school, Miranda teaches art classes at Jacoby‚Äôs Art Center in Alton, Illinois and has worked there for 4.5 years. She always plans to incorporate many art lessons within each subject, too. Her favorite thing about teaching in a Catholic school is working in an environment with people that pray and talk about Jesus. 




Students attend Mass every Friday and every third Tuesday with their class. We focus mainly on the Ten Commandments.

Language Arts

We will be using the McGraw-Hill textbook which focuses on basic sentence structure, parts of speech, punctuation, and capitalization. They will be also writing personal, expository, descriptive, and persuasive paragraphs. I will also reinforce our English skills through Think Central on our Smart board.



There will be twenty-five words every week. The spelling words and addition skills will be in their Journey workbook.



Students will read a variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, folktales, and fairytales. They will make appropriate predictions and inferences before, during, and after each reading. Vocabulary will be reviewed also. Reading skills will be taught through Think Central on our Smart board.

Social Studies

The primary focus in fourth grade is on the states and regions of the United States. They will also research the Presidents of the United States and learn the states and capitals.


The fourth grade will be using the Saxon Math textbook. They will work mainly on adding, subtracting, multiplication, and division. Students will also learn about place value, rounding numbers, fractions, decimals, line segments, rays, angles, the calendar, surveys, range, median, mode, geometric shapes, and roman numerals. Additional reinforcement will also be done during their computer time.