I have taught preschoolers how to read. I have taught married couples how to have natural childbirth. Also, I have taught teenagers how to pitch a tent. When I was told I was hired at OMC, I did a wild happy dance and am still smiling with gratitude for having landed a blue-ribbon dream job.
I am passionate about throwing the lights on for students. What a privilege it is to witness the world coming into focus and be there when children find their place in a larger setting. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul said, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”Maria Montessori said “the teacher’s task is first to nourish and assist, to watch, encourage, guide, induce, rather than interfere, prescribe or restrict.” Sophia Cavaletti said that the catechist’s job is to play matchmaker between Christ and the student. Mary Oliver said in her poem, Instructions on Living a Life, “Pay attention. Be astonished. And tell about it. We’re soaked in distraction. The world didn’t have to be beautiful. We can and should think about that beauty and be grateful.” These thoughts inform my work as a teacher, form a philosophical basis for my pedagogy, and will shape our classroom culture.
Overview of Curriculum
The ELA curriculum (for fifth and sixth grade) consists of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language. This is accomplished through the use of the anthology (reading a variety of genres) and literature circles. In addition, we do a lot of writing with peer editing and numerous opportunities to give presentations. We learn basic grammar skills and utilize a spelling book and vocabulary workshop book.
Math is taught to fifth graders by Ms. Gorman.
Religion for the fifth grade consists of the Sacraments, The Liturgical Year, Saints, Feasts, and Special People, major beliefs of Mary, prayer, the parts of the mass, vessels and other objects used at Mass, and Social Justice. Religion curriculum for the sixth grade centers on the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Social Studies is taught to the fifth graders by Ms. Canio. It consists of The Western Hemisphere to include The United States and Its Close Neighbors. In addition, there is an emphasis on geography skills.
-Bachelor’s Degree- Theology and Creative Writing from University of Pittsburgh
-Master’s Degree-Theology and Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary