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About Mrs. Loredo
Valerie Loredo joined Athlos Academy of Utah in fall 2017 as a first-grade teacher. Mrs. Loredo received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Utah Valley University in Orem. She also recently completed her Master’s of Education with a Reading Emphasis from Utah Valley University. This year is her tenth year teaching and her fifth year at Athlos Academy!
One of the things Mrs. Loredo strives for in her classroom is organization and classroom management. “I believe that a well-organized classroom with high expectations really sets the stage for a great year,” she said.
When it comes to her teaching approach, Mrs. Loredo says her best quality is consistency. “I think it is so important to develop a classroom routine and schedule, stick to it, and be consistent with behavior,” she said. “If students know what to expect every day and how they are expected to act and perform, then there is not a lot of room for chaos. It helps students to develop confidence and feel safe and secure in the classroom.”
“I feel like in society today there is too much focus on being the best and not enough focus on how to be a respectful and contributing member of a community,” Mrs. Loredo said. “The Performance Character traits teach students to develop skills that will serve them well as they progress in their education and relationships with others.”
Favorite Performance Character Trait: Optimism
When asked about her favorite character trait, Mrs. Loredo said she finds herself drawn to optimism. “I am generally a positive, happy, and optimistic person. I try to encourage my students to have a positive outlook on life, see the good in the world and look for ways to lift others up.”
“Life definitely has its ups and its downs, and I have found that if I focus on being optimistic, then that roller coaster doesn’t have as much of an effect on my life,” Mrs. Loredo said. “Being optimistic brings more joy to my everyday life and to my career as a teacher. I don’t let the tough stuff get me down, rather I choose to do my best and know that it will all work out!”
Fun Facts about Mrs. Loredo
- Mrs. Loredo loves Disneyland!
- She loves to play board and card games.
- She is great at puzzles.
Q: What are three things about you most people don’t know?
- I received a minor in deaf studies from UVU, and I know sign language. I am not fluent by any means, but I have been able to use sign language at various points in my career to communicate with parents or students.
- I recently started teaching English to students in China online. It has been a blast and my love for teaching has grown even more.
- I have never traveled outside of the country, but I am planning to change that soon!
Q: What is your favorite type of physical activity?
A: My favorite type of physical activity is dancing. I am not a great dancer by any means, but my husband is from Mexico, and we like to go Latin dancing from time to time. I have always loved trying different types of dance. I also took several hip-hop dance classes while attending UVU.
Q: What was your favorite childhood book growing up?
A: My favorite childhood books are “Chester’s Way” and “Chrysanthemum.” I love all of Kevin Henkes’ books with the cute illustration and humorous stories.