Welcome to our Classroom Website
    Hello!  I am so excited for this year to begin!  I'm looking forward to meeting many of my students and their families at Open House--what an exciting time! I'll probably ask students if they can recommend a title of a good book they've read recently.  (And if they don't have one, that's ok--they will soon. I teach reading, writing, and spelling, and Mr. Digiovanni, my partner, teaches math and science.
    I have worked in the Anoka-Hennepin district since 1990.  I was first a Title I para at Evergreen Elementary, then moved to Monroe and taught 4th and 5th grade. Fourteen years ago I came here to Sand Creek to teach 5th grade.  I'm married and have two daughters, Angela and Jackie, who attended school in Anoka-Hennepin. Their children are continuing that tradition, this year in 8th grade at Anoka Middle School for the Arts, and 2nd and 4th grades at Oxbow.
    When I'm not at Sand Creek I enjoy spending time with my husband, kids and grandkids.  I enjoy quilting and reading, and this summer enjoyed watching lots of baseball games that my 10-year-old grandson played in. 
    I can't wait to start the year and surround my students with books, while helping them grow as readers and writers and thinkers and caring people. It's going to be a good year!
    "You are just the child I hoped would show up. Welcome!"
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    Deb Cordes
    Grade 5 Humanities
    Sand Creek Elementary
    12156 Olive St. NW
    Coon Rapids, MN 55448