I look forward to meeting people who are life long learners. These are people who routinely search out new knowledge, try something different or practice a new skill.
Life long learners inspire others with their enthusiasm and positive attitudes.
Many of our teachers are life long learners. They take classes during the summer months or after the school day and incorporate their new knowledge in lessons as they teach your children. One good example is a first-grade teacher at Norwalk Catholic Elementary. She has 27 years of experience yet still looks forward to the first day of school every year "much like children anticipate Christmas Day." This first grade teacher is Mrs. Bernhardt. She took an educational class last spring and read a book over the summer entitled, "The Daily 5; Fostering Literacy Independence in the Elementary Classroom." She has reorganized her entire room for first grade this year incorporating new learning spaces, teaching strategies and eliminating the teacher desk. She is using the latest technology with her new Smart Board system and her students are totally engaged each day with fun learning activities.
Four NCS teachers took a class on writing curriculum and several others took a class about a book entitled "The Chocolate Touch." Mrs. Bungard (third grade) tells me this story creatively provides means to convey the economic topics required for third grade. You will have to ask her how she uses chocolate to teach the concepts of imports, exports, global marketplace, scarcity and international trade.
Valerie French is principal at Norwalk Catholic Elementary.