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Shelley Kramer, 3rd & 4th Grades
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Shelley Kramer, 3rd & 4th Grades
Loves to Learn!

To contact Shelley Kramer, call (916) 988-4310 or e-mail

Instilling a
Love of Learning

Building an igloo, constructing a working model of the lungs, combining ingredients to represent the various components in blood, pretending to be  an Israelite slave mixing 'straw' and mud to form bricks baked in the sun, and so much more--this is learning the fun way!  By incorporating such activities in her classes, Shelley Kramer, our 3rd & 4th grade teacher, enjoys instilling a love of learning into her students.

A Dream Come True  End of the Iditarod Race in Nome Alaska!
Her own love to learn was piqued this past summer when she attended the Summer Camp for Teachers at the Iditarod in Alaska. Each spring the 3rd/4th graders closely follow all the events surrounding the Iditarod Long Distance Sled Dog Race in Alaska. They kick off this unit by reading Black Star Bright Dawn or Yuki. Then each 3rd/4th grader chooses a musher and the whole class follows all the events before, during and after the actual race. Naturally when Shelley heard about this summer camp for teachers she was thrilled. Read further to learn about some of her adventures.

Shelley spent three days at the Dream a Dream Dog Farm where she woke each morning to a choir of howling dogs. This dog farm breeds and trains the incredible dog athletes used in the Iditarod. Here Mrs Kramer learned about what goes into the care of the dogs, the preparations and strategies for running the race, and how a checkpoint is run. She enjoyed puppy walks, sled rides, how to put booties on and harness a real sled dog. She was also blessed to get to know some incredible teachers from all over the United States. She then spent several more days at the Grand View Inn learning from actual mushers, the head vet and more. 

Lance Mackey - 4x Iditarod WinnerDave Mackey - Winner of Closest Iditarod Race in History on left

The highlight of her trip was meeting four-time winner Lance Mackey, pictured to the left. She also met Dave Mackey, father of Lance Mackey and Vern Halter, owner of the Dream a Dream Dog Dog Farm, pictured to the right. Dave Mackey is noted as being the winner of the closest Iditarod race in history, winning by mere seconds.


 Last Iditarod Checkpoint - Out in the Middle of Nowhere  Shelley Kramer's Dollar on the wall of the last Iditarod Checkpoint  Putting her dollar on the wall close to Lance Mackey's dollar 
Shelley pictured above at the last checkpoint of the Iditarod (out in the middle of nowhere). Inside visitors line the walls with dollar bills where Shelley's dollar bill now hangs.

Iditarod Sled Dog in Training  
 Field Trip Outing with other Teachers at Matanuska Glacier    Paul & Shelley at Matanuska Glacier  

While in Alaska they met friends and travelled all over Alaska enjoying the awesome beauty of God's nature. They took a cruise up to the Matanuska Glacier. 

  Beautiful Wild Iris in Alaska  Musk Ox in Alaska  On a cruise to Hubbard Glacier       

How It All Began
Shelley began her educational experience right here at Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School attending grades 1 through 5.  She graduated from Sacramento Adventist Academy in 1979 and then from Pacific Union College in 1983 with both SDA and California state teaching credentials.  After marrying high school sweetheart, Paul Kramer, Shelley started her teaching career at San Gabriel Adventist Elementary where she taught 7th & 8th grade language arts for 4 years.

The classroom igloo!  Part of the unit on the iditarod.    Mrs. Kramer loves young people!   Mrs. Kramer loves God!

When her husband completed his medical degree at Loma Linda University, the Kramers moved to Hinsdale, Illinois, for Paul's 3-year family practice residency program.  Their first son, Matthew, was born there.  Three years later, after returning to Sacramento, their second son, Mark, was born.  Shelley chose to stay home as a full-time mom while her boys were young.  She remained involved in teaching by leading out in Sabbath School, substitute teaching, and helping out in her boys' classrooms.  She enjoyed working with many different grade levels and was hired as a part-time teacher at Sacramento Adventist Academy.

Enjoying Kayaking!  With Mark, Paul and friends in Glacier National Park.  Thank you, God!

As she has spent more and more time in her classroom, Shelley's passion for kids and teaching has grown.  In 2005 Shelley was excited to be able to come back to Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist School, this time as a teacher.

God's beauty is amazing in Alaska!  Riding camels in Egypt on family trip

When Shelley is not teaching, she likes to spend her time working in the yard, watching animals and birds from her window, reading a good story, or better yet, sharing a story.  She also enjoys traveling, camping and hiking with family and friends.  Shelley's greatest passion is kids.  She feels that her classroom is her mission field to be used to awaken a love for God within her students.