3rd Grade


Cathy Gruzinsky

Cynthia Kirsh

Welcome to a year of exploration, presentation, and celebration as a Quest third-grader. In keeping with our Quest Mission Statement, we take great pride in offering a unique, differentiated program that is designed intentionally with a solid understanding of the developmental stages and social needs of gifted third-grade students. Our goal is for each child to explore those patterns of behavior and thinking that lead to being an engaged participant in class and a self-motivated learner. Students are thoughtfully challenged in a supportive, encouraging environment. We believe that all learners, adults and children, are most likely to explore and innovate when learning is viewed as a process and a continuum and when unsuccessful early attempts are viewed—not as mistakes or personal failing—but as expected and welcome opportunities for reflection, re-evaluation, and growth.

Special Subjects

All students at Quest Academy benefit from a robust learning experience that extends beyond the core classes of math, science, language arts, and social studies.  By incorporating special subjects into their weekly schedule, students develop specific skill sets, new methods for engaging with material, and make cross-curricular connections that are both intentional in the Quest curriculum as well as uniquely discovered by each child. 

Special Subject Teachers

Lisa Diones - Lower School Science

Grades 1-5

Andrea Matta - Lower School Spanish Teacher

Grades Kindergarten - 5

Brenda Jurewicz - Maker Space Teacher & Librarian

Grades K-4

Mrs. Jurewicz directs our Quest Maker Space and our Learning Resource Center

Gary Mann - Lower School Art Teacher
Lorena Diaz - Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Mrs. Diaz teaches students from Junior Kindergarten through 4th grade.

Annabel Hasty - Music and Computer Science/AI Teacher

Mrs. Hasty teaches general music to students from Preschool through 4th grade.  In addition she is bringing computer science and artificial intelligence classes to students once a week.

Deanna Armentrout - Lower School Drama Teacher

Mrs. Armentrout teaches Drama to grades Preschool through 4th grade.