I moved to North Ridgeville as a child, where I graduated from North Ridgeville High School. I then attended Baldwin Wallace College and earned my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, I accepted a job at St John Nepomucene in Cleveland where I taught 4th grade, 3rd grade, and Kindergarten for 5 years. The last eleven years, I taught at the Academy of St. Bartholomew, teaching 3rd grade, 6th grade and 5th-8th grade Science. I am happily married to my husband, Ron. We have two daughters, who we previously put through St. Peter School. Both went on to attend Elyria Catholic High School. We could not have been happier with the experience that our daughters had at St. Pete's. I feel blessed to be able to pay that experience forward to the future generation of St. Peter School Saints. I love spending time with my family and friends, and waiting for the Cleveland Indians to win a series. (Please, in my lifetime!) My husband, daughters, and I have a dog named Bear, and a cat named Coco.
The academic curriculum for the fourth grade follows the Common Core State Standards and the Diocesan Standards set by the Diocesan Office of Education. Students learn in a variety of ways including small groups, individualized instruction and technology. Growth in responsibility, organization, and learning of the Lord Jesus and living His message are other ways we work with each child.
Fourth grade is the beginning of the intermediate grades and as such, there are some curricular differences. There is more time allotted to content subjects, such as Social Studies and Science. These subjects lend themselves to developing reading skills in content areas and learning study skills. The intermediate grades are the time to develop power and proficiency in reading and related skills, such as finding the main idea, understanding inferences, drawing conclusions, etc. I also hope to assist the student in learning and practicing basic work skills, such as being responsible for their time and assignments, being organized in their desks, paper, and approach to work, and know how to study for tests on a simple level.
This is also the year that instrumental music classes begin.