School: Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Catholic Middle School
School System: Cedar Valley Catholic Schools
Subject and Grade Level: 6th Grade Religion and Math Teacher
Education: BA and MA from the University of Northern Iowa
Hobbies: I love to spend quality time with my family when we go camping, bicycling, and spending the summer together. I also like to read a lot of books, make cards, and spend time with good friends.
Family members: Chris (husband), Jaime (daughter), Lily (daughter), and Aidan (son).
How long have you been teaching: 8 years
The Thing You Like Most About Teaching: I love that each day brings new opportunities to learn from each other, to have a fresh start, and to grow in our faith. When I am with my students, no day is a boring day. They always make it interesting with their passion for life and learning. My students inspire me!
The Thing You Find Most Challenging About Teaching: The challenge is finding enough time in the day to accomplish everything I need to, or want to, with my students.
Best Tip for New Teachers: Begin with the end in mind. Think about the goal you want to accomplish and the steps you need to take to get there. Schedule your time to complete those steps. Be prepared for everything, but be flexible, because occasionally something will come up to throw a wrench in your plans.
Best Tip for Career Teachers: In every challenge, look for the opportunity. Take the time to reflect on each day and think about what you can improve upon for the next day or the next group of students. Aim to give your best to your students each and every day.
Favorite Piece of Advice for Students: Take notes in math class. Come prepared with your notebook and a sharpened pencil. Pay attention when your teacher is talking. Use your time wisely to get your homework done, but don’t rush through it. Above all, treat others with respect!
What Being a Gold Star Teacher Means to You: As a teacher, I have accepted the responsibility of educating children, and I take that to heart each and every day. I want to succeed for my students, and I want to share in their successes and accomplishments too. So, to receive this award, it feels like they are recognizing that what we are doing together each day is important and meaningful.