Welcome to Our 2nd Grade Class!
Second grade is a wonderful year, where we will learn and grow together. We will sharpen our reading skills with engaging texts, become stronger writers, perform real-world math, and do interesting science experiments! I am happy to welcome you to our class!
Meet the Teacher
Hello! My name is Richard Pinkepank (pronounced pink-uh-pank). I am glad to be teaching second grade at
Coolspring! I grew up in and attended K-12 school in LaPorte. I then went to Valparaiso University,
graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology. After substitute teaching in LaPorte Schools for
a couple years, I returned to VU for a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. After that, I
substitute taught in LaPorte, Michigan City, and Westville schools. This included working at 16
different schools in the 2020-2021 academic year, in a wide variety of general and special education
settings, and a couple months at Joy Elementary, as a longer-term building substitute. I also taught
a 2nd grade summer school class at Westville Elementary, this past June.
After having ample classroom experiences, it is a pleasure to be teaching 2nd grade here at
Coolspring, as my first full-time teaching position! I look forward to a wonderful, exciting year!
I am honored to help your child learn and grow academically and socially, in a classroom of mutual
respect and caring for one-another.