Kelly Blaz


6th Grade English Teacher

“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can be great.” -Mark Twain

I am so excited to be teaching English at C.R. Anderson Middle School. This will be my fourth year teaching 6th grade. I have 14 years of experience teaching at the elementary level. Here is where I fell in love with Reading and Language arts… and of course children. I graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Elementary Education. My work with primary readers inspired me to complete my master’s degree in literacy. I enjoy teaching content specific material and exploring it in more depth with Middle School students. I look forward to supporting your child’s learning as they transition from elementary school to middle school.  


Create Positive Relationships 

  • Create a positive learning environment where students feel safe to ask questions, communicate with the teacher, and learn from mistakes. 
  • Get to know students’ strengths, talents, and interests. 
  • Establish a safe learning environment. 
  • Encourage students to treat each other with respect, compassion, and kindness. 

Support Students’ Learning 

  • Provide instruction that is aligned with learning targets 
  • Utilize assessments that measure students’ literacy growth 
  • Clearly communicate learning objectives, instruction, and assignments 
  • Maintain organization and communication with students and families. 


Reading Standards for Literature, Informational Texts, and Writing 

  • Cite text evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.  
  • Use details from the text to determine the theme or message of a story.  
  • Analyze how specific parts of a story, play or poem fit into the overall text and contribute to the development of the theme, setting or plot.  
  • Refer to the text to support thoughts and draw inferences about a piece of informational text.  
  • Determine an author’s point of view in a piece of informational text and explain how it is expressed in the text.  
  • Introduce an argument and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.  
  • Support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.