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Kindergarten

Mary Bridgman graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Elementary, and English as a Second Language.  She has worked in Education for nineteen years.  She worked for the first fourteen years for Dallas Independent School District, and taught second grade, fifth grade and a multi-age group of first and second graders.  She also spent summers teaching kindergarten.  For the last four years she has been teaching at Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, teaching fifth grade, third grade, and first grade.  She joined the Guthrie School as a member of the faculty, teaching Kindergarten. Mary enjoys the collaborative environment and dedication to all the students that the administration, staff and faculty have for each student. She is interested in not only teaching Kindergarten, but teaching the whole child and instilling the love of learning.

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First Grade

Heather Rohrbacher graduated with a B.A in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fresno in 1998, and received her credential in 2003. She started her teaching career while going through school. Heather taught at her mom’s Preschool for 4 ½ years. After her twins were born, she stayed home for two years. From there, she went on to teach in the elementary school setting. Heather has been teaching for 16 years now. This will be her second year at The Guthrie School and she will be teaching 1st grade. Heather and her family moved here from California at the end of 2015. She started looking for teaching positions right away. When she started researching about The Guthrie School, Heather noticed the school size was very small, which she liked. Heather believes that having a small school environment is definitely an advantage. She knows that she will have more opportunities to spend one on one time with each student. The teachers and the staff really get to know the students and their families and make a relationship. Heather’s passion is teaching the students the foundations for reading.  Children are like sponges and they pick up on concepts quickly; especially when they are taught in a fun, engaging, and exciting way. She loves motivating students and getting them thinking for themselves.  She has been married for 23 years to her husband, Alex. They have three beautiful daughters. Desiree and Savannah are 17 and will be attending their first year in college and their youngest Kylee will be going into the 6th grade. Heather loves traveling with her family, especially to the beach. This summer, she and her husband Desiree and Savannah to Mexico for their Senior trip. They enjoy taking long walks and he is also her workout partner. As a hobby, Heather enjoys looking on Teacher Pay Teachers and Pinterest for new ideas to bring to the classroom. She likes seeing movies, barbecuing, and having company over. They have 2 small dogs, Ariel and Penny.

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Second Grade

Lillie Vickery graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology. All along she has had a passion for learning and loved the notion that education can empower people. With that, she went back to get her teaching certification while an administrative assistant in a hospital. This will be Ms.Vickery’s 2nd year at The Guthrie School teaching 2nd grade, while she previously taught all subjects in 4th grade at Longview ISD in East Texas. Outside of the classroom, Ms.Vickery loves to spend time with her talented son and daughter, traveling, trying out various restaurants, and watching sports! She can’t wait to get another year going at The Guthrie School and seeing the growth of students throughout the year!