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Grades 1-4

First Grade

Mrs. Aleman

University of Illinois at Chicago, B.S. in Education

"As a primary grade teacher, I strive to educate each child individually. My goal is to focus on the intellectual, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of each student. Providing students with hands-on activities helps me to achieve this goal. I believe parents and teachers should work together to instill Christian values. It is then that students can become self-confident and be successful."
 

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Mrs. Clough

Creighton University, B.S. in Elementary Education
St. Xavier University, M.A. in Teaching and Leadership
Certified Catechist

Larry Stilgebauer Award of Excellence for Innovative Use of Technology
Twice nominated for Archdiocese of Chicago Heart of the School Award
Twice Nominated for Disney's Teacher Hand Award
Finalist Archdiocese of Chicago Distinguished Service Award 2010


"As a strong advocate of Catholic Schools, I believe children are God's greatest gift to us.  We need to guide children to build their relationship with God, so they are able to find their gifts and talents.  As a Catholic School Teacher, I believe I need to teach individual students in a way they can achieve.  Therefore, I need to teach in a variety of styles, offer exciting, challenging lessons so each child can soar.  I strive to build a classroom with respect, a positive atmosphere and a place where all can be accepted for who they are."
   

Mrs. Cleveland

Western Oregon University, B.A. in Elementary Education
Gallaudet University, M.A. in Deaf Education


Nominated for 2012-2013 Heart of the School Award
"I believe that the purest learning happens in the youngest of children.  Their processing of new information is not compartmentalized; therefore I believe it is my job to nurture the education of a whole child.  My approach to sharing new information with children addresses their emotional, social, physical, academic and spiritual needs through a variety of age-appropriate approaches that recognizes that each child is individual and unique."
 

Second Grade

Ms. Brett

Purdue University, B.A. in Elementary Education
St. Xavier University, M.A. in Education: Reading Specialist

Certified Catechist

"I believe it is essential to provide learning activities that support children's individual needs so that each student can be successful.  As a result, I get to know my students academically and personally in order to address their needs and make learning meaningful to them.  I also aim to create a safe and loving environment where each student feels accepted and comfortable within my classroom."
   

Ms. Sadowski

St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, B.A. in Elementary Education with minor in Early Childhood Development
Certified Catechist

"I believe that first grade is the foundation of a child’s education.  It is important to lay this foundation to be a positive, exciting, and fun learning experience.  We are to inspire young children to constantly grow and mature in all areas of their lives, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially."
 

Third Grade

Mrs. Hannigan

Bradley University, B.S. in Education

Nick Iosue Outstanding Teacher Award, Mt. Carmel High School, 2004
"My philosophy of teaching is that I am called to facilitate learning, nuture ideas, and foster creativity in my students.  I am to prepare my students both academically and socially so they can attain their learning potential while becoming responsible citizens whose knowledge and capabilities are founded upon a social conscience."
   

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Miss Gallagher

B.A. and M.A. in Education

"I believe that learning is a life-long vocation, and that all students can learn as long as teachers meet them where they are in their own learning process. Above all other subjects, I encourage reading because reading is the cornerstone upon which all other content area subjects are built. I believe that education extends beyond academics to incorporate spiritual and social development based upon mutual respect and responsibility."

 
 

Mrs. Thomas

Northern Illinois University, B.S. in Textiles and Clothing
Dominican University, Master of Arts in Teaching


"In my classroom, I strive to provide a welcoming environment where students can feel safe and secure.  I try to offer a variety of experiences for a diverse populations of students with a diversity of learning styles and abilities.  I also strive to help students achieve success to the best of their abilities and instill in all of my students an enthusiasm for learning that will make them lifeling learners.  I try to model a reverence, respect and responsibility toward all of God's creatures and teach my students to do so as well."
 

Fourth Grade

 

Mr. Folliard

St. Xavier University, B.A. in Education

"I believe that students should be allowed to work to their full potential, to enjoy their learning and to inspire them to be the best person that they can be."
   

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Ms. Foulk

Elmhurst College, B.A.in Elementary Education
Reading Teacher Endorsement
Language Arts Endorsement with Middle School Approval


"A teacher has the power to change the world in just one day.  We can create a world of wonder with a simple smile, a love for learning with an encouraging pat on the back, and an atmosphere of inquiry with a "job well done."  Because of this influence, I believe in creating an environment that is safe, encouraging, and challenging for all students.  These tenets I hold as a guide to teaching all students, as a path to success, and as assurance that no student falters in their academic endeavors."
   

Ms. Sheerin

St. Xavier University, B.S. in Education
Certified Catechist


"My philosophy of teaching is to educate and inspire with Christ centered values through callenging and reflective education.  I believe that I should address the needs of the whole child and nurture each child to grow academically, spiritually, emotionally and physically.  Each child's creativity and individuality is encouraged and celebrated as each child is respected.  I believe that Catholic values and positive character formation should be integrated into everyday learning."
 
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