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  • Welcome to First Grade!

         My name is Mr. Athas and I was born and raised right here in Fort Atkinson.    I went to public schools here.  Now I live and work in Fort Atkinson.  Kind of boring...right!  Well, I just love this community.  I think it's a great place to live and grow.  I love the town, the people, and the location.  I enjoy being so close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago

           I have three degrees, a BA in music and Elementary Education.  I also have a Master’s degree in reading instruction.  In addition to my first grade teaching, I am the music director for the First United Methodist Church in Whitewater.  I also am an adjunct professor of organ instruction at UW Whitewater. 

          I am married with 4 children.  My son Aaron teaches music in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  My daughter Katie is employed as an occupational therapist for the Fort School District. She is going to have a baby soon….my first grand-baby.  I’m getting older I guess!  My son Joseph is currently attending LaCrosse University.  My daughter Ana is a senior here at Fort High.  My wife Barb is a teacher's aide over at Purdy School

          I enjoy watching football, and playing basketball.  I play the piano, organ, guitar, and hammered dulcimer.  I have produced 4 music CDs.  If you would like to hear my stuff, just go to  I also enjoy canoeing and being with family....and of course....FIRST GRADE! 

           I am committed to helping your first grader learn and grow.  You can continue to help at home by reading with your child, helping with homework, and doing fun family “stuff” with your child.  It’s going to be a great year! 



    Mr. Athas thinks that "first grade is GREAT!"