Welcome to Mrs. Noto's Room!


All About Me

My name is April Noto, and I have recently discovered the love of teaching at the Jr. High Level. I have been a member of the Giant City Junior High team for two years, but have been teaching at GCS since the Fall of 2005. I love teaching and have a real passion for math, reading and writing. While I have extremely high expectations for my students, I am a true believer that learning can and should be fun. I do have one very important rule: Respect others and their property and yourself and your property. I work very hard to make my classroom a fun, safe, and encouraging place. It is my belief that the student should be seen as an individual rather than part of a group, and I work very hard to teach to each and every student's strengths and weaknesses. I work very hard, and I have extremely high expectations for both myself and my students. I consider it a pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Giant City School District, and I look forward to the 2010-2011 school year!


Southern Illinois University, 2004, Bachelor of Science in Special Education

Southern Illinois University, 2004, Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation

Mission For Our Class

My mission as a teacher is to make sure that I create a challenging and nurturing classroom where kids have fun while they learn! I strive to create a classroom community where kids feel safe to take risks while learning! I hold high expectations for all of my students. I encourage and expect them to do their best EVERYDAY!

Most of all, I hope that my students learn that they can achieve everything they put their minds to!

I believe:

  • all children can and want to learn if they are provided with the necessary support and guidance from school and home
  •  students learn best by being actively engaged
  •  students have their own unique learning styles and it is my responsibility as their teacher to discover their styles and teach according to them as much as is realistically possible
  •  students learn from cooperative activities and therefore in my classroom they are constantly paired with partners for many classroom experiences
  • instruction needs to be differentiated in order to meet the diverse needs of my classroom
  • "PRACTICE MAKES PERMANENT," not perfect, so students will need to have daily practice of what has been learned. This practice needs to be done in a variety of ways!