Mr. Neugebauer's Learning Community
Phone: (308) 635-6262
Degrees and Certifications:
BS in Early Childhood Education & Special Education, Vanderbilt University M.Ed. in School Administration, to be completed May 2021
My name is Jesse Neugebauer, and I have the incredible privilege of working with some of the greatest third graders on the planet at Longfelllow Elementary each year. If you currently have a third grade student in my class or are interested in the learning opportunities available to third graders at Longfellow Elementary, I would be especially thrilled to arrange a time to meet with you and discuss the learning plan for your young scholar.
The 2020-2021 school year is my fourth year working with the Scottsbluff Public Schools District. Having grown-up in Gering and graduated from Gering High School, however, Scotts Bluff County has for much longer been considered by me as home. Prior to returning to the area, I attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Following my undergraduate graduation I chose to remain in Nashville an extended stay as I began my teaching career with the Metro Nashville Public Schools District (MNPS). Before leaving MNPS to return to Nebraska, I completed the MNPS Teacher Leadership Institute program.
I have a two-fold teaching philosophy that generally guides the instruction and learning experiences that take place in my classroom. First, I believe my most important job as teacher of young children is to foster each child's love of learning, such that they leave third grade still eager to learn and know more. Second, I believe that students become passionate about learning when they get to be active participants in meaningful, relevant instructional processes. Learning expeditions, experiments, opportunities for discovery, journaling, research, and projects play a big role in the way this philosophy translates into the daily learning routine.
Pieces of my personal life that filter into the classroom interactions I have with students include my love of travel, hiking, yardwork, and games of all kinds, appreciation for nature and the outdoors, willingness to try new things, focus on excellence and striving to be the best version of myself, fascination with weird and exciting class pets, value for leadership, teamwork, and strong relationships, and authenticity.
Our Class Pet
Degrees and Certifications:
Meet Bowser! Bowser was a new edition to our classroom learning environment in the fall of 2019. He is a bearded dragon, a species known as the friendliest reptile. Incredibly, bearded dragons are the only reptile known to have the ability to distinguish between faces. In other words, a bearded dragon, like cats or dogs, can tell people apart and demonstrate preferences toward its owner. In contrast, all other reptiles know every person in the same way, as a warm body.
Bowser is more than just a pet in Room 213: he plays an active role in the learning that happens there! Students get to hold, feel, and feed the dragon as they study important science concepts like life cycles, behavioral and physical adaptations, bioms and ecosystems, interdependent relationships within ecosystems, and environmental impact. He also assists in our learning with geography, trade concepts, mathematics, research, test features, and writing.
Interested in learning more about Bowser and the rest of his remarkable species? Check out the resources below to continue your reptilian learning adventure!