Carly Altenberg, a kindergarten teacher at E.Wilson Morrison Elementary, reads “Pete the Cat” to her group of students Monday during the first day of classes for Warren County students.

FRONT ROYAL – Monday was the first day of school for Warren County Public Schools students, and it was also the first day on the job for a new kindergarten teacher.

Carly Altenberg, who is teaching kindergarteners at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School this year, said she is excited to be her students’ first school teacher.

“I think, in kindergarten, I have the opportunity to provide students with a fun learning experience right from the very beginning,” Altenberg said. “I think when you start off that way in school, you learn to love school and that carries through the rest of your years in school.”

Altenberg, who taught first grade at E. Wilson Morrison last year, was in the midst of getting to know her new class of 16 students on Monday morning. She said she noticed a difference from teaching first-graders to teaching kindergartners.

“Right now, the students are learning how to go to school,” Altenberg said. “When the first-graders had been there for a year, they already kind of knew how to sit at a desk and sit at the carpet and listen to their teacher.”

Altenberg said she spent much of the morning with her new class touring the school, learning how to walk and talk in a line correctly, and working on an art project. She said she hopes to continue to see her students grow in their new environment throughout the school year.

“It’s really cool to see that growth,” Altenberg said.

So far, she said, it hasn’t been a challenge going from first grade to kindergarten students.

“They’ve been pretty good so far,” she said. “They tend to pick up things pretty quick, so that’s great.”

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