Hi! My name is Carrie Arnold. I have been teaching kindergarten at Van Allen Elementary since August of 1999. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in May of 1999. In July of 2003 I received my Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Viterbo University. My desire to be a teacher began at a young age as I come from a family of many educators and have always loved working with children through my experiences with lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons. My goal each day is not only to make learning fun, but to also help students realize their potential and guide them in their journey toward success. I believe in the importance of an education and therefore hold high expectations for myself and my students. I enjoy the friendly, caring atmosphere at Van Allen and the teamwork and dedication shown by the staff. When I am not at school, I love to spend time with family and friends as well as enjoy the outdoors, read, go for walks, and bake.