1st Grade

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Grade 1 Curriculum Overview

Language Arts – Grade 1 students are immersed in language throughout the day.  Instruction occurs in many environments: centers, small group, partner work, hands-on experiences, and direct instruction.  Students have the opportunity to read and learn with both grade level text and text at each child’s appropriate level.  In order to become a better reader, students must READ – for fun, for learning, for discovering new ideas.  Writing is also emphasized throughout the day.  Students are exposed to narrative, opinion and persuasive writing during the year.

Mathematics – Students are working on building addition and subtraction fact fluency, solving and writing how they solved problems.  Students are encouraged to look at numbers in groups of ten to provide a better sense of numbers and how they work together.  Repetition and practice of math facts at home will help students gain fluency and help master the skills taught in school.

Science – Our first-grade scientists begin the year learning to think like scientist.  Then they will be exploring the objects in the sky, sound and light, as well as plants and animals in the spring.

Social Studies – The students will be exploring what makes a community.  They learn to understand the benefits and responsibilities of living in a community.  They will also explore the what makes people the same, while appreciating our differences.


Meet Our 1st Grade Teachers: 

Ms. von Dohlen:
Hello, my name is Tina von Dohlen, and I am a first grade teacher at Troy Hills School. I grew up in Parsippany and am currently starting my 27th year of teaching here. For the first 24 years, I taught third, fourth and fifth grades. After teaching those grades for so long, I decided in the Spring of 2019 that I wanted to see where it all begins. It was then that I asked to be moved to first grade. My dream was to teach a child how to read, and wow, did that dream come true! I enjoyed watching my little learners grow each and every day and I am just thrilled with my decision to move to first grade!

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. In May of 2013, I received my Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Montclair State University. Although I am a Certified School Counselor, I simply could not bring myself to leave the classroom, and therefore have remained a classroom teacher. I have never regretted receiving that degree, since I often find myself using the many skills I learned. 

Outside of school, I enjoy taking care of my dog, Shea. I rescued her four years ago from a home in which 276 dogs lived. After such a difficult start in life, she is now living the life of a princess! I enjoy writing poetry and hope to publish a book of my poems one day. I love all kinds of music, am a huge NY Giants and NY Mets fan, and my favorite place to be, other than with my first graders, is the beach! 


Mrs. Martin

Hello!  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Victoria Martin and I am a first-grade teacher at Troy Hills School.  I have been teaching for the past thirty years and I have been at Troy Hills School for the past twenty-six years.  My first teaching job was as a pre-school teacher and then, as a second-grade teacher.  I came to Troy Hills many years ago and taught third grade.  I became a first-grade teacher twenty-three years ago. This is where I found my passion and purpose in life!

I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Kutztown University and my Master’s Degree from Centenary College.  I am now a clinical faculty member at Montclair State University.  I enjoy being a mentor to new teachers and I absolutely love being a “Target Teach” teacher for seniors from Parsippany High School.  It is amazing to work with my former first graders who are now seniors interested in becoming teachers. 

When I am not at school, I spend my time with my husband and our two sons. I love photography, scrapbooking, painting and of course, those of you who know me, know I love...Winnie-the-Pooh!


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