In 4th grade we will work to develop a lifelong love of learning in all our students, and strive to strengthen problem-solving skills across all content areas. Our curriculum is challenging and engaging, and we work to create intrinsically motivated learners with a strong sense of teamwork and personal responsibility.
Our students’ Catholic faith continues to blossom in fourth grade. We will grow closer to Jesus through learning the Ten Commandments, monthly service projects, and attending Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Our classrooms are places of empathy and compassion, where students feel valued, nurtured, and safe. Flexible classroom seating helps foster team building and cooperation. Students will enrich their friendships through collaborative learning, daily morning meetings to promote unity, and sharing in our love for the Lord.
Mr. Paul Schmidt has been teaching fourth grade at Our Lady of Grace since 2008. After gradutating from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, he received his Bachelors Degree in education from St. John's University in 2008. Mr. Schmidt earned his M.Ed. from St. Mary's University in 2013, and serves on Our Lady of Grace's Assessment Committee. Mr. Schmidt coaches 5th grade boys' soccer, and teaches an extracurricular challenge math class for all OLG fourth graders.
Mrs. Katie Jaax has been teaching fourth grade at Our Lady of Grace since 2003. After graduating from Edina High School, she received a Bachelor's Degree in education from the University of Iowa. Shortly thereafter, she received a Masters Degree from St. Mary's University. Mrs. Jaax then went on a mission trip with the OLG parish to Ghana, Africa in 2008. In 2011, she completed her studies at The University of St. Thomas Catechetical Institute. She serves on the yearbook committee and the education committee.
Ms. Christina Strantz has been teaching fourth grade at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School since 2000. After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State University. Soon after, she completed her Masters Degree in Catholic Education from St. Mary’s University. In 2017, Ms. Strantz went on a pilgrimage with some of her OLG friends. Ms. Strantz aids the K-5 staff in operational assistance and continues to serve on the Our Lady of Grace Technology Committee.