Throughout this school year, we’ve had the privilege of featuring one exceptional member of our faculty and staff each month through our Teacher Feature articles. This week, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re happy to bring you one Teacher Feature for each day of the week. We hope you enjoy this extra special week full of some of our wonderful teachers, and that it reminds you of some of the special teachers you’ve been blessed with in your life.
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Grade & School You Teach: Kindergarten at St. Bron’s
Where did you grow up and go to high school and college?
I grew up in Lena, WI. I graduated from Lena High School in 1987. After high school I continued my educational experience at UWSP. I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education.
Where was your first teaching job?
My first teaching job was at St. Phillip Catholic School in Rudolph, WI. I taught first and second grade there.
How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 24 years. Twenty of those years have been in a Catholic School setting.
How long have you been teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
I have been teaching in the Pacelli Catholic School System for 15 years.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Pacelli Catholic Schools?
I love the feeling of being part of a great big family. The staff and students know who everyone is and look out for one another just like a big brother or sister would.
What is unique about the education experience offered at PCS that you can’t find anywhere else?
I love that I am able to freely teach about Jesus and our Catholic Faith to my students I am able to incorporate religion into all curriculum areas. As a parent of children who attend or have attended PCS, I am thankful they were able to receive that same Christian experience as well.
Have you received any teaching-related awards?
I have received the Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction award and the PCS Holy Family Award.
What was your favorite class when you were a student?
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a teacher. I remember many times playing school with my dolls and my sister as I was growing up. My elementary teachers always gave me copies of assignments they had left over and I would make my sister be the student and do them at home.
Who is your biggest inspiration/role model?
I would not be the person I am today without the kind, courageous, faithful, modeling my parents offered. They were always there for me and encouraged me to work hard and reach my goals.
What are your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to cook, bake, and fish in my free time.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would like to have the power to be invisible.
What’s something that most people or your students don’t know about you?
I have two stepchildren and two grandchildren.
What is the most important piece of advice you can give to a student?
Never give up! Put your best effort into things and you will go far.
Check out our Thank a Teacher page each day of Teacher Appreciation Week this week for another Teacher Feature highlighting some of our many outstanding educators.