Phone: 706-481-1813 (school) Best time contact me:9:15-10:00
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Ms. Raelene Vautrin
Hi, welcome to all my former students and parents who are with me for another great year! Also a warm welcome to my new students and families. I hope that you will grow to love Monte Sano Elementary as we do.
First my professional biography: I have been teaching in Richmond County 29 years, first as a paraprofessional and later as a teacher. Before that I was a nanny for a family in France, I was a day-care teacher, and a tutor. I consider teaching and working with children "my calling". Once a Romany fortune teller told me that I had many "kinder (children) in my palm". That certainly turned out to be true! I studied at the University of Maryland and Augusta University graduating with honors in 1989. I have been at Monte Sano since 1996 and have taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade and augmented instruction. I love Monte Sano and think it's the best school in Richmond County!
Personally I have been a Georgia resident since moving here in 1974. My dad was in the Army and we traveled the world but I always considered Georgia home. I was married for 28 to my wonderful husband Bill who unfortunately passed away in 2014. I have 3 terrific kids. My oldest two still live in Augusta and have given me 6 fabulous grandkids. My youngest is a second year college student at East Georgia College and often volunteers at the school. If your students mention "Miss Rayna" that's who they are speaking about. In my spare time I love to read, travel, and paint. I am also an avid “Disneyphile” and love all things Mickey..
First and foremost I believe that we are co-teaching your child. All children can learn, but just like adults, there will be some things they do well with and other areas that they may struggle with. I was diagnosed with dyslexia at age four and the doctor at the time told my mother that I would never learn. Lucky for me she didn’t believe him. She told me that she cried and then realized that the diagnosis was utter nonsense. She spent the next few years getting me the help and support I needed and I thrived. I always tell the parents of my students that YOU are the first and best teachers their child will ever have.
I look forward to working with you to make your child's First Grade experience an exciting and educational journey.