Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Arts: Liberal Studies Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential Master of Arts in Education: Counseling Professional Clear Pupil Personnel Services Credential Gate and ELD Certified
Mrs. Christine Bender
Welcome to Kindergarten!
My name is Christine Bender and I am a Kindergarten Teacher here at Arroyo Verde. I have been teaching since 2000. I love teaching and working with little ones. Being a teacher is the greatest job! I love watching my students learn new things every day and applying what they have learned. I am a Redlands Unified School Alumni, along with many of my family members. My dad and I both had the same 4th-grade teacher at Kingsbury Elementary School. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in August in Redlands too. I love spending time with my family. I am a mom to an amazing little girl. My daughter and I love going to Disneyland and we love to be outdoors running, biking and playing. We travel to Mammoth as often as possible and up to our local mountains. I love crafting, baking, reading, spending time with my family and taking pictures.
A very special year is about to begin for your child. Kindergarten is one of the most meaningful, positive, and enriching experiences. Your child will have many wonderful adventures this year. Kindergarten is a special place to make new friends and learn many exciting things. I am looking forward to having a wonderful year.
Every classroom at Arroyo Verde represents a different college. The college that my classroom will be representing is the University of Redlands (U of R). Throughout the year we will be talking about the importance of college. This program is based on us believing that every single student has the ability to learn in a way that prepares them for college. On Mondays, students will be encouraged to wear the Arroyo College Spirit shirt and on Fridays wear a U of R t-shirt or the colors from our adopted university. The U of R colors are maroon and gray. Their mascot is the Bulldog. We will be learning U of R chants and we will sing them at the monthly pep rallies.