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.
Welcome back to a wonderful school year! Whether I will be seeing you in person or virtually, I am looking forward to this new year. We spent the day before school started as an 8th grade class celebrating "Leadership Day." This was a day for myself, Mr. Schrenk, and Mr. Wild to impress upon on the incoming 8th graders their new leadership roles in our school. This will be an amazing year for the 8th graders and they will have a lot of opportunities to lead. Please stay tuned for updates on what to expect this year. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me.