Ms. Blake’s Classroom


Welcome to our second grade classroom community!  I believe it is essential that we have an open line of communication in order to work together to help your child achieve their personal best.  I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your child’s teacher.  I am originally from Lawrence, Kansas and have been living in Kansas City, Missouri for 16 years now.  I graduated from the school of education at UMKC.  This is my tenth year teaching second grade and my sixth year teaching at Pathway Academy.  

 This year we are fortunate to have a teacher resident from KCTR named Michael Gorius who will be with us all year.  He will be gradually taking over the responsibilities of teaching and managing the class.  We appreciate your support through this process. 

 My mission as a teacher is to nurture the self-esteem of each child and to enable them to work to the best of their ability.  I want every child in my classroom to believe in themselves and recognize that their choices define their outcomes.  I will have high expectations for every child and will hold them responsible for meeting these expectations.  I also intend to give them the support they need in order to reach these goals.  

I want every student to have a love for reading and writing just as I do.  Therefore I will share my passion for literature with them and model good reading and writing habits for them.  Each child will be expected to read for at least 20 minutes every day. 

 Here at Pathway Academy we strongly believe that it is important to not only provide your child with the knowledge required to be successful students in school but also with positive character development that will prepare them to be successful members of the community in which they live. 

 It is very important to create a safe environment in my classroom where every child will feel encouraged to learn.  This can be accomplished through a positive and loving atmosphere in which your child trusts me and is willing to take risks in learning.  Responsibility for his/her own actions and logical consequences for these actions will be emphasized.  I believe in giving students positive rewards and verbal praise for making good choices.  However, in the event that a student makes a poor choice, a meaningful consequence will be given.

 I look forward to an exciting and productive year!  This will only be possible if we all work together.  Your involvement and support is very important to me.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me during school hours at (816)621-7100. 

Hello second grade families,

I am Michael Gorius and I am stoked about having the opportunity to work with you and your second grader this year. As a resident teacher with Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR), I will be teaming up with Ms. Corinne Blake where I will be working towards my elementary teaching certification. Along with my certification I am will be receiving a Masters in Urban Education at the completion of the program.

For this upcoming school year, your child will be receiving twice the amount of support and we are asking that you strengthen the support chain by continuing to be actively involved. My hope is to build a relationship with each student and to understand their support system outside of the class. Together we will ensure the success of not only your child, but the classroom and school as a whole. From my experience in sales and marketing, hospitality management, insurance, and even my time as a student; I’ve learned that I do not know everything, there’s plenty to be learned, and the more support available the more likely the information is retained and successful execution in performed. I will do my best to speak with the parent(s) of each student, no less than once a quarter to provide learning progress, however I strongly encourage you to contact me at any time to learn what you can do to support your child’s learning. Also, I promise that I will provide more positive and growth feedback than the most feared “trouble” call because I don’t like those calls either. If you, as a parent, have any requests or feedback for me I will gratefully accept any and all.

I am looking forward to meeting you and having the opportunity to mentor and teach your child this school year. Please take a moment to fill out some beginning information about your child that will help me get to know your child better and provide any suggestions.

Thank you,

Michael Gorius

Classroom Rights and Responsibilities

  1. We have the right to be treated with respect.  We have the responsibility to keep our hands and feet to ourselves, to encourage others, to be helpful, and to take care of our property.
  2. We have the right to be listened to.  We have the responsibility to be active listeners and to not interrupt when other are talking.
  3. We have the right to learn.  We have the responsibility to study, not distract others from learning, and try our best.
  4. We have the right to be safe.  We have the responsibility to follow directions, class procedures, class routines, and to solve problems peacefully.
  5. We have the right to make friends in our community.  We have the responsibility to be kind, polite, fair, honest, and helpful to our classmates and others in this school.




I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a child’s mind,
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher; the tools he used
Were books and music and art;
One a parent with a guiding hand,
And a gentle loving heart.
Day after day the teacher toiled,
With a touch that was deft and sure,
While the parent labored by his side
And polished and smoothed it over.
And when at last their task was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought,
For the things they had molded in the child
Could neither be sold or bought.
And each agreed he would have failed
If he had worked alone.
For behind the parent was the school,
And behind the teacher, the home

-Author Unknown