Grace Battista is so happy to be learning and growing with students at Thornton Elementary! She student-taught for the 2017-2018 school year with the amazing Mrs. Weidman, and is excited continue teaching in this community. After receiving her BA in Sociology from Whittier College, and working in the food industry, Grace was a Colorado Reading Corps member and found her passion for education. Being a teacher brings joy, learning and laughter into her life, and she cannot imagine doing anything else. She believes it is a teacher's duty to create an environment where students feel safe, successful and important. She also believes a student's family is their first and best teacher, and it is her goal to create strong partnerships with families. When she isn't teaching, Ms. Battista enjoys cooking, watching The Office, learning Spanish and enjoying the outdoors.