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Hello! My name is Mrs. Kawamoto and I have been teaching at Stadium Drive for over ten years.  I first started out teaching Young Five’s and then transitioned into an Alternate Day Kindergarten position for many years.  I was part of the transition team when the district moved to the All Day Every Day Kindergarten program, and I have been happily teaching just one class of kindergarten at Stadium Drive since that transition.  Stadium Drive is definitely my home.  I have been teaching here since I started, and I wouldn’t want to be any place else.  I feel blessed every day to be able to come to this special place and to work with such special teachers and staff. 

I LOVE teaching kindergarten! I feel that it is by far the most challenging grade, but by far the most rewarding.  The growth and development that  children go through  during their kindergarten year is amazing.  I love that I get to be the person that gives them their first taste of how great school  can be.  I hold a strong belief that the connections and relationships that I build with my students are the foundation of our classroom.  I work very hard at creating and fostering a School Family atmosphere in Room 101.  My job, above all else, is to make sure my students feel safe and secure in our classroom. I love working with young children.  I love their ways of thinking, their honesty, and above all, their great sense of humor! I love my job because I get to laugh every day, and relish the fact that every day in kindergarten is different and unique.

Erin Kawamoto erin.kawamoto@lok12.org

Hello! My name is Megan Kiefer. This is my first year teaching Kindergarten at Stadium Drive Elementary. Prior to teaching in Kindergarten, I had the pleasure of working at Stadium Drive in DK and as a first grade reading interventionist.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University in 2014.

The talented staff and teachers at Stadium have the most generous and caring hearts. I feel very lucky to have started my teaching career in Lake Orion!

In our classoom, I love listening to the students interact, especially when they are laughing with one another. I enjoy watching my students develop emotionally, socially, and academically. I love knowing that I play a large part in the early education of each child. My goal is to instill a lifelong love for learning within them all!

Megan Kiefer megan.kiefer@lok12.org

Hello. My name is Melanie Perkins. I have been fortunate enough to live and work in the Lake Orion since 2002. During that time, I have taught preschool in the Head Start program and have also had the opportunity to teach kindergarten at both Pine Tree and Webber Elementary School. I eventually found my home here at Stadium Drive Elementary.

I have had the opportunity to view Stadium Drive from both a parent's and a teacher's perspective. My daughter Mackenzie was a student at Stadium Drive and had a wonderful elementary school experience thanks to the expert care and instruction she received from the teachers and support staff. The lessons she learned and the confidence she gained from the unique arts infused method of instruction, have continued to serve her well throughout her education. When she was in the third grade, I jumped at the chance to join the Stadium Drive family, and have been happily teaching kindergarten here since then. It's hard to believe that was in 2005! Time really does fly when you're having fun! :)

Kindergarten is a year of TREMENDOUS growth. This is one of my most favorite things about teaching kindergarten. In the course of one short year, students learn to read, write, add, subtract, problem solve and most importantly, gain a love for learning that will hopefully last a lifetime!

Melanie Perkins melanie.perkins@lok12.org


DK bio coming soon!