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Faculty Friday feat. Mrs. Goins

November 09, 2018
By CKS Advancement

Check out another new member of our awesome CKS middle school teaching team in this week’s Faculty Friday. Mrs. Taylor Goins stepped into 6th grade Religion and Social Studies bringing an abundance of enthusiasm to her new role. Read more about Mrs. Goins’ Disney connection, what inspires her as a teacher and why she loves CKS!   

Name

Taylor Goins

Education

Bachelor’s in Elementary Education; Endorsement in Reading and ESOL

What do you teach at CKS?

6th grade Religion and Social Studies

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned while teaching?

Every single child is different and special in their own way. Seeing a child succeed at something they previously struggled with is the most rewarding experience.

What is your favorite food?

Sushi

What are your hidden talents?

Photography and scrapbooking

What is one interesting fact about you?

I got married at Disney World and had a photo shoot in the Magic Kingdom before it opened.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? 

Getting my degree in something I’m truly passionate in and care for so much.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Binge watching tv shows. I also love to travel and go to theme parks.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher.... I think. I’m honestly not sure if I wanted to be anything other than a Disney princess, but I always loved playing school and being the teacher.

What adjective best describes you?

Loyal

What is one thing you want your students to take away from this school year?

That it is ok to make mistakes because they help us grow.

Why do you teach?

To inspire students to find as much joy in learning as I do. I want students to find school fun and to show them how fun it can be while accomplishing all they need to understand.

Why do you love CKS?

I am brand new, and I just keep telling everyone how welcoming every single staff and faculty member truly is! I have known Fr. Len my whole life, and he knew I would love the school. He was correct. From how much fun the administration is to how kind and generous all the teachers and assistants have been, I can’t express how honored and blessed I feel to be a part of such a warm and welcoming community and family!

Want to learn more about our 6th grade program? Click here to find out.

Faculty Friday feat. Mrs. Clarie

November 02, 2018
By CKS Advancement

This week’s Faculty Friday is our new 3rd grade math, science and religion teacher, Mrs. Natalie Clarie. Described by her peers and students as sweet, patient and dedicated–all the qualities that make for a good teacher–it makes sense that Mrs. Clarie has wanted to be a teacher since she was little! Read more about one of our newest faculty Lions and why she loves CKS!

Name

Natalie Clarie

Education

M.A. in Elementary Education, Certified in Prek-6th Grade Reading and ESOL Endorsed

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned while teaching?

That you have to be patient and go with the flow.

What is your favorite food?

I love everything!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I am fluent in Spanish.

What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation is to go to Italy and Greece.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher.

What adjective best describes you?

Empathetic and Sincere

What is your favorite classroom activity/project? Why?

I love “getting to know you” activities in the beginning of the school year because it helps me to better get to know the student and their interest.

What is one thing you want your students to take away from this school year?

That they can accomplish anything with a little hard work and effort.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I love children and making a difference in their lives.

Why do you love CKS?

I love CKS because it's such a welcoming community. You can tell that everyone respects and cares for one another.

Want to learn more about our 3rd grade program? Click here to find out.

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Faculty Friday feat. Ms. Lavandeira

October 26, 2018
By CKS Advancement

Meet Miss Janyll Lavandeira, one-half of our Early Childhood dynamic duo, and this week’s Faculty Feature. In her fourth year leading our littlest Lions, Miss Lavandeira is known for her fairytale princess voice, her incredible creativity and her passion for project-based learning. Read more about who she credits as her greatest teachers, what she’s wanted to be since Kindergarten and why she loves CKS!

Name

Janyll M. Lavandeira

Education

Bachelor’s in Psychology; Master’s in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction

What is the most valuable lesson you've learned while teaching?

The most valuable lesson that I've learned while teaching has been that although I am the instructor in the classroom, but my students are my greatest teachers.

What is your favorite food?

Sushi

What are your hidden talents?

I love to dance!

What is your dream vacation?

I love to experience the world! A dream vacation would entail visiting a place that I have yet to visit whether nationally or internationally.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? 

Obtaining my master’s degree would be one of my greatest accomplishments to date.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher!

What adjective best describes you?

Sincere.

What is your favorite classroom activity/project? Why?

I am passionate about project-based learning. There is no greater excitement for both students and me than when the students take charge in their learning and pave the course of their educational experience. Acting as the facilitator and guide, students direct me to what and how they learn. The fun and creative portion for me with this approach is coming up with activities and experiences that target the grade level skills and standards in interesting and connected ways.

What is one thing you want your students to take away from this school year?

I want my students to grow to love school and learning and to grow an understanding of God's love for them.

Why do you teach?

I feel that by being a positive role model in the lives of the children I teach, I have the ability to leave a lasting impression. As an early childhood educator, I get to be a part of the development of a child. My goal is to provide children with a memorable and special experience that they can take in their hearts throughout their educational journey. I teach to affect the future.

Why do you love CKS?

CKS is such a warm and loving school, filled with passionate educators, loving families and dedicated staff. CKS is not only a school, it is a family–that is what sets it apart from many other schools. CKS is truly GOD-centered and children can see Him throughout the campus, whether it is in the kindness of others, their warm smiles or in the daily prayers we pray collectively. You can truly feel God's presence here.

Want to learn more about our Early Childhood 4 program? Click here to find out.

Faculty Friday feat. Mrs. Meade

October 19, 2018
By CKS Advancement

The week’s Faculty Friday features an avid hiker and outdoors-woman, so it makes sense that she is so good at bringing science and math to life for her students. Mrs. Suzanne Meade shares her joy of learning with her 6th grade students daily, inspiring their curiosity and nurturing their talents with such enthusiasm that it makes us want to be in 6th grade again! Find out more about Mrs. Meade, her favorite superhero and why she loves CKS!

Name

Suzanne Meade

Education

BSBA from University of Florida, Certificate in Environmental Science from UC Davis, Certificate in Elementary Education (K-6), Certificate in General Sciences (Grades 5-9)

What is your favorite food?

Coffee and dark chocolate, all veggies (except mushrooms!) and anything spicy!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I’ve taken flying lessons and have several hours as a student pilot.

What is your dream vacation?

Rock climbing in the New River Gorge or hiking in the Grand Tetons all day, then returning to a comfy room and a gourmet meal!

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? 

With God’s grace, raising our daughter, Darby.

When you were in Kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut

Who is your favorite superhero?

I’ve always loved Wonder Woman, because she always helped without ever needing recognition or accolades. She simply used her gifts and talents for the greater good.

What adjective best describes you?

Loyal

What is your favorite classroom activity/project? Why?

Seriously? How can I pick ONE? I love when students are working and I float checking for understanding and help the ones who have a misunderstanding or need help. I think my favorite activity so far this year in my classroom was the Escape Room.

What is one thing you want your students to take away from this school year?

I want my students to know they are perfectly made for God’s purpose.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I love to see people discover they can do things they never knew they could do.

Why do you love CKS?

I love CKS because the students, parents, faculty and staff have a joyful love of our Catholic faith; my faith is fueled daily.

Want to learn more about our 6th grade program? Click here to find out.

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Bringing Out the PC: 5 Tips to Get the Most from Your Next Parent Conference

October 15, 2018
By Nick Tanis

Parent conferences can be a great communication tool, so preparing to make the best of this time with teachers can go a long way. Professionalism and collaboration (not the PC you were thinking!) are the keys to getting the most from parent conferences. Consider that teachers spend the majority of the day with your children and these professionals are eager to collaborate with you to help your child and the rest of the class succeed. Here are five tips to get the most from your next conference:

Communicate in advance.

Share concerns you have with the teacher before the conference. This allows them to prepare ahead of time. While you may only be preparing for a few conferences (depending on the number of children you have); teachers are preparing for a class full of conferences. 

Respect time limits.

Whether your conference is one of many during a conference night or planned during a teacher’s conference time, your conference likely has a time limit. You may not be able to have all your questions answered in one meeting. Schedule a follow up meeting rather than rush through your concerns or run over time which could impact someone else’s scheduled time.

If a teacher requests a conference, ask for information ahead of time.

Remember you and your child’s teacher are partners in your child’s success. Ask a few questions so that you can be prepared:

- Are the concerns academic or behavioral?

- Should other teachers (co-curricular), the school counselor, or administration be present?

- Depending on the age of your child, should he or she be present?  

Ask your child what he/she thinks the teacher may say at the conferences.

Ask your child what they like about their classes and share this information with the teacher. Often students will share information that you may not have known about. 

Keep an open mind.

Look at the conference as an opportunity to get advice about your child from a professional. While you are an expert on your child, your child’s teachers are experts on how children at that age learn and behave in a school setting.

Even if you have no concerns and don’t feel a conference is necessary, take time to check-in with your teacher occasionally. Teachers are called to this ministry because they love children—your children. Your feedback and opportunities to collaborate with these professionals help our teachers continue to create an environment where your children can grow in the love of Christ, joy of knowledge and spirit of service.

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