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Accelerated First Grade

Director of Enrichment Curriculum

Meredith Guthrie graduated from University of Texas at Dallas earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in speech pathology and audiology. She has also completed practicums in speech pathology and reading instruction and intervention. Meredith has taught children of all ages for 12 years, from instructing early readers to preparing students for SAT and ACT testing. Meredith uses her skills and experience to take students to the next level. She has a particular passion for working with young children and helping them establish a strong foundation and to achieve their full potential. Meredith has been instrumental in establishing The Guthrie School. She has experience teaching Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, First grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, and Fifth grade. She has specific training in language-development, Singapore mathematics, scaffolding, and curriculum instruction. Additionally, Meredith has played an integral role in helping grow Guthrie Gifted Education to what it is today, Guthrie Enrichment. Not only does Meredith teach a variety of Enrichment classes, but also she is responsible for managing the business aspects, including curriculum, admissions and personnel. Meredith has lived in Plano for 24 years.

Kindergarten

Kenzy Miller: Ms. Miller graduated from Azusa Pacific University in California with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She has worked in education for four years with a variety of age groups. Her passion is to inspire those around her and to enrich young minds. In 2017, Kenzy moved to Plano with her Fiancé, Jonathan and her cat, Baby. While the majority of her family lives in California, Plano has become her home. Last year she had the privilege of assisting Mary Bridgman with her Kindergarten class. This will be Kenzy’s second year at Guthrie and fourth year teaching. In her off-time, Kenzy enjoys spending time with Jonathan and Baby as well as being outdoors and learning new skills. Kenzy is thrilled to be working with such a wonderful team and to be a part of this school year.

First Grade

Kathy Loftin graduated from Texas Tech University in 1985 with a B.B.A. degree. She holds a Professional Education Teaching Certificate for the State of Texas and is certified in teaching The Gifted and Talented and E.S.L. students.  She spent 12 years teaching kindergarten and Pre-K in private school and 10 years teaching kindergarten and 2nd grade in the Plano Independent School District. She was the team leader in second grade for the past 6 years and also assisted in writing district curriculum in ELA and Social Studies. She held several co-chair Professional Learning Community positions on campus that supported faculty member growth and learning of curriculum and differentiating. She also served as a mentor to new teachers. Mrs. Loftin and her family have lived in Plano for the past 23 years. She and her husband Jimmy love traveling, snow skiing, and hiking. She is thrilled to be part of the Guthrie School and have the opportunity to extend, challenge, and enrich the young minds in first grade.

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Second Grade

Jennifer Menniti graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education with a Special Education focus. She holds a Professional Educator Certification for grades 1-6. Mrs. Menniti taught for 15 years in Connecticut as a math intervention teacher, as well as a third grade teacher, and second grade teacher for the past 11 years. She has been trained as a TEAM mentor, working with and supporting new teachers as they navigate the waters as educators. Mrs. Menniti has also been a complimentary evaluator in her school. This training provided her with the opportunity to inform her practice as a highly effective teacher. Mrs. Menniti and her family moved to Allen in June. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, as well as being outdoors, reading and cooking. Mrs. Menniti is excited to be a member of the faculty at Guthrie School.