What do you teach at Monte Cassino School?
4th Grade Homeroom Teacher
What do you love about Monte Cassino School?
I love our involved and supportive families.
I love that Monte Cassino is an inclusive community of faith-based families.
Why do you like teaching at Monte Cassino? What motivated you to become a teacher at Monte Cassino?
All of the incredibly knowledgeable and experienced teachers, make me a better teacher too.
Small class sizes are a top priority here.
Teachers at Monte Cassino have the freedom to provide an education that students need for life, not just for benchmark tests.
Many, many Monte Cassino teachers eagerly enroll their own children here. That means something!
How do you teach a Catholic worldview in your classes at MCS?
Everything we do in our classrooms is filtered through the commonality of our Christian faith.
As Monte Cassino teachers, we get to connect with our students on a personal level that allows us to demonstrate our faith in a real way.
Living out the Benedictine Values is as much a part of our curriculum as Math or Reading.
What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?
Many of our teachers come from a variety of disciplines with graduate degrees that enrich the student’s experience at Monte Cassino.
Personally, I am an Oklahoma certified teacher for 1st-8th grades in all core subject areas. I also hold certifications for Elementary and Middle School Administration as a School Principal. I have experience teaching middle school math, serving as an Assistant Principal, Private School Admissions and Teacher Technology Training and Mentoring. I have also served as a University Research Associate for Early Childhood Education.
I am the mother of two school age children. As a Monte Cassino parent, I know what I expect in a Monte Cassino classroom for my own children. As a Monte Casino teacher, I am thrilled to provide that same experience for the students in my own classroom.
What is one of your favorite lessons, subjects or projects that you teach at Monte Cassino?
As a 4th grade homeroom teacher, I teach a variety subject areas throughout the day. One of my student’s favorite projects is our literature unit on The Invention of Hugo Cabret. In the story, a young boy restores a mechanical toy called an automaton. I thought it would be fun to link a STEM component to literature. We partner with the Tulsa Fab Lab to teach the students how to build their own basic automaton toy. The students learn how to laser cut their unique toy components using digital design software. There are many cross curricular experiences this project provides; comprehension, project planning, simple and advanced measurement, problem solving, basic engineering principles and interpersonal skills. The big lessons and maybe the most important ones are developing patience and grit. It is not an easy project at all. It can be quite a challenge for 9 and 10 year olds to complete, but that is part of the learning experience as well. By the end of the project, they are amazed at what they were able to create and how they worked through each challenge step by step to create an amazing toy they built themselves. It is definitely one that they look forward to each year and remember years later. My hope is that beyond the skills this unit teaches, it will empower and encourage more children to pursue careers in math, science and engineering.
What sets MC students apart from students in other schools?
While many students in area schools are learning facts and learning to pass tests, Monte Cassino students are learning to think deeply and apply knowledge in the real world.
The adults in our community expect kindness, manners, humility, hospitality and service from our students. It is our desire that these attributes are carried out into the greater Tulsa community.
Our students know that they representing not only their families and school, but also the goodness of God everywhere, all the time.
What do you want your students to gain from having known you?
I want them to know that I care deeply for each of them and think of them often. It gives me great pride to see how they grow and mature through the years.
I also want my students to know that while I expect a lot from them academically and personally, challenges and even failures are part of the learning and growing process. I am humbled that our families trust me to guide their children through those experiences.