My name is Elaina Weinbach and I will be your child’s teacher this year. This is my second year teaching at Wilkes. Previously, I was a substitute working with Highly Capable students, and provided support for Title I readers and students just needing some extra help in math. Every since I started working here, I knew I was working with the best teachers. I feel honored to be working in a district that maintains high academic standards, that actively engages students in the local community, and provides students opportunities to grow.
I grew up on Bainbridge in a very large family (I have 6 siblings!), but I loved it. I graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2006 with my bachelor’s in anthropology (and in 2008, I received a post-baccalaureate in anthropology from University of Washington), from University College London in 2011 with a master’s in African archaeology, and from City University of Seattle in 2015 with a master’s in teaching. I spent many years traveling and working as an archaeologist throughout the United and States, Africa, and Europe. Living and working abroad was an invaluable experience that allowed me to learn about different cultures, teach and volunteer in local schools, and organize community-based projects. I have a passion for archaeology (and travel) and I will create many opportunities to get students involved and excited about history. At the end of the school year, students will experience a simulated archaeological excavation.
During the first few weeks of school, I will spend a significant amount of time getting to know each student– discovering their interests and unique learning styles. My goal for our classroom is to become a community of learners based on respect for others. I want you to know that our classroom is a safe environment where students will be encouraged to share and learn from one another (and from me– just as I will learn from them).
I’ve worked with many students on Bainbridge Island in the past and have earned a great rapport with parents and teachers. I’m very excited about teaching 4th grade and I look forward to upcoming school year!