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Mr. Aric Wanagat

Dear Families,                                                                               


I want to welcome you and your child to the Hippo Room!  My name is Aric Wanagat, and I am looking forward to a year of hard work and significant academic gains for your child!


This will be my 2nd year teaching at Stix ECC, but I have been in education for 16 years. I was born and raised in the metro east, and I have one, older sibling. I am married to my best friend, Bonnie. We have been married for 9 years and have two awesome kitty-cats, Purlacher and Santo.  Purlacher is a domestic, short-hair cat and Santo is Siamese.  Like most cats, they can be either very sweet or giant balls of energy.


The following are some of the values I consider to be of high importance in my classroom.  First, I believe in setting high expectations for every student, both academically and socially.  Next, I believe in open and honest communication, and all students should show respect for each other in my classroom.  We will assume best intentions and identify needs instead of positions as they arise. Finally, I place an extremely high value on building relationships with families.  Certainly, when the education of a child is a partnership between the family and teacher, a child can accomplish great things.  You know your child best!  Please know that I value and appreciate all wisdom and advice. 


I am looking forward to a busy and productive year in 1st grade. Thank you so much for your time!




Aric Wanagat

Rm 203


Welcome to the Hippo Room!