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1st Grade

Jenna Kieburtz

Jenna Kieburtz joined the Holy Nativity School team in 2014. She was born here on Oahu, but was raised in the beautiful state of Washington. Jenna received her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master’s in Teaching from Washington State University. Jenna taught internationally in Shenzhen and Chengdu, China. She is grateful to have the experience working with the international community abroad. Jenna first grade students learn to be kind and considerate members of their community, while also embracing the many opportunities to explore, inquire, and develop their individual passions.

Liz Cunningham

Liz Cunningham has been part of the Holy Nativity School family for a major portion of her life. She is a graduate of HNS, and has worked as a teacher here since 1989. Working as an Education Specialist, she finds great satisfaction tending to the smaller, but no less important, needs of the children.


The first grade program encourages students to demonstrate the joy of learning and to discover their individual talents.   The goal for each child is to become a life-long learner and to appreciate that each person is unique and plays an important role in being part of a community. First graders are encouraged to work together as collaborative, cooperative group members who respect their community: people, things and environment.  Application of basic skills and acquiring independence as a student is emphasized at this level.  Students are also given opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills, problem solving strategies and become effective communicators within our classroom community and beyond.

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