8th Grade 2020-2021
Welcome to 8th Grade
My Educational Philosophy
I became a teacher to watch my students learn and grow to their full potential. Teaching in the upper grades is my passion. It is so amazing to see how much they grow, change, and ready themselves for the next steps in their educational careers throughout their 8th grade year. My goal first and foremost is to build and maintain good relationships with my students. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Debbie Silver truly sums up my teaching philosophy:
"Students work hardest for teachers they like and respect. When I'm asked , "How do I
get the students to like and respect me?" my immediate response is
"Like and respect them first."
I hold my Bachelors of Education degree from Millersville University and I have been teaching in Catholic school for my entire career. This is my 18th year in the classroom. I have worked in many different grades and subject areas throughout my years, but I have been teaching in the upper grades for the past 9 years.
I have been happily married for 22 years and have 2 wonderful children. My son is a junior at Temple and my daughter is a senior at Conwell Egan Catholic. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and family, sit by the ocean on the beach, and read at night to wind down.
The 8th graders are leading by example for Catholic Schools Week! They were tasked as a class to do the decorations for the school in line with the theme for Catholic Schools Week:
Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.
They worked together beautifully to accomplish the task as we celebrated a Spirit Day afternoon. We look forward to CSW this year where the 8th graders are going to continue the tradition of "teaching" another classroom. Although it will be done virtually this year, the 8th graders will be teaching a younger grade on a topic from their Religion curriculum to enhance Catholic Schools Week.
Stay tuned for all of the CSW excitement in the communications from the office. I hope you are enjoying this brand new year and I look forward to what the rest of the year will bring for 8th grade.