Welcome to Kindergarten

There is a wonderful sense of home when you walk through the front doors of Samsula Academy. We deeply believe that your child will find our school to be a warm and friendly place. We are very proud to be a part of the Samsula Academy School family. Once you have opened those doors you are a member of our family too.

We wish to welcome you to Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a new and exciting time for you and your child. It’s a time of change… new beginnings, new friends, new challenges and exciting discoveries! We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for allowing us to be a part of your child’s life during this precious time of growth and discovery!

This is our honor to welcome you and your child into Kindergarten and into… our life. We will do our best to make this year in Kindergarten enjoyable but also filled with academics. Our motto is: “The seeds we plant today will blossom into a flower tomorrow.” It will be our pleasure and privilege to watch your child’s personality and learning abilities blossom and unfold day by day.

We run a very effective classroom which is well structured but allows for fun and growth. We hold high expectations for all my students. Furthermore, we strongly believe in differentiated instruction. Research reveals that all students learn differently. Therefore, we plan my lessons to meet the needs of all students. It will be our honor to expand the growing minds of tomorrow and encourage them to become the great leaders of the new generation.

You will find very useful information on this blog. I will update it with events that are happening in our classroom, student work, and other related events. If you have any questions, you may contact us at cgibbs@readingedgeacademy.org or sbowden@readingedgeacademy.org

-Mr. Christopher Gibbs, M.Ed
-Mrs. Shannon Bowden

Friday, June 18, 2010


Meet the Teachers

Mr. Christopher Gibbs (K)

Christopher Gibbs has been teaching at Samsula Academy since its conversion to a charter school in 2008. He graduated with his B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and recently completed his M.S. degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Mr. Gibbs is currently working on his doctrine from Walden University. Mr. Gibbs has taught both first grade and kindergarten and enjoys teaching reading and writing.

Christopher Gibbs is married and has a teenage stepson. Mr. Gibbs enjoys spending evenings with his wife, Stephanie. Christopher and Stephanie are currently expecting a new addition to their family in October. When not working, Mr. Gibbs enjoys traveling, trap shooting, and spending time with his family.

Mrs. Shannon Bowden (K)

Shannon Bowden is excited to be entering the classroom once again after a decade hiatus. Mrs. Bowden is proud to call Samsula Academy her school of choice. As a PTA member, parent, and former kindergarten assistant, Shannon Bowden is very eager to begin the year. She graduated with her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and is currently working on her reading endorsement. Mrs. Bowden has formerly taught third grade gifted, a K/1 combo, and kindergarten. Mrs. Bowden was also a kindergarten assistant at Samsula Academy last year.

Shannon Bowden is married and has two children, both of whom went to/attend Samsula Academy. Shannon enjoys reading, boating, and spending time with her family.

Important Dates
  • August 12th (6:00PM) Kindergarten Orientation
  • August 13th (11:00AM) Meet the Teacher
  • August 16th (7:45AM) First Day of Kindergarten

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