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Pre-K and Lower Elementary Teachers

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Karla McCollough – Pre-K

eMail: k.mccollough@cvillecatholic.org

Years At Charlottesville Catholic School: 14; 10 in Pre-K & 4 in Kindergarten

Degrees: BS of Education in Early Childhood Education

What are your interests, hobbies, & passions?

Aside from my family, I am passionate about animals. I am a regular volunteer at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA as a dog walker and kitty foster mom. I also distribute pet food through several pantries within the county. I am a dog mom to 4 canines, and I would love to start working with service dogs in the future!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I want them to know that they were created by an awesome God that will love them forever. I want them to know that they are perfect, just the way they are–because God doesn’t make mistakes. I want them to be confident, happy kids that can embrace themselves and others.

How do you get the results you want each student to achieve?

I believe in each child’s abilities. We all have the ability to learn, we just all learn differently. Every child can be successful at his or her own pace and in his or her own way.

How do you inspire students to love learning?

We have fun in our classroom! I try to bring new and innovative techniques to the classroom that will engage the students. When the students are engaged and having fun, they are learning!

 

Matherne

Linda Matherne – Pre-K

eMail: l.matherne@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 13; 9 in Pre-K & 4 as a Kindergarten Assistant

Degrees: BS in Vocational Home Economics & MS in Human Development

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I love working with children and seeing their faces light up when they learn something new!

What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

Reading, spending time at the lake, & being with my new grandson!

What are your favorite moments with a student?

When we are enjoying learning & laughing together.

Why did you choose to teach at Charlottesville Catholic School?

At Charlottesville Catholic, I can teach curriculum and faith, uniting the two.

What is the most important life lesson you want my child to learn in your classroom?

God is love and your child is loved by God, and all of us at Charlottesville Catholic School! The simplest answer to WWJD is Love!

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Ann Carbone - Kindergarten

eMail: a.carbone@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 16

Degrees: BS in Management; Master in Education (previously worked on Wall Street!)

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I love working with Kindergartners because I get to see the “light bulbs” go off. This past year I had a child who kept insisting that she could not read. One day she read a little reader to me, and when I pointed out that she had just read to me without any of my help, she jumped up wit ha big smile on her face and hugged me. That is what it is all about! There is so much growth during their Kindergarten year, and I love to watch their world open up as they discover reading and writing!

Why did you choose to teach at Charlottesville Catholic School?

When I first visited the school, it was located in the basement of a synagogue downtown. I met the principal and the four faculty members, and was struck by not only their spirit and joy, but mostly the overwhelming feeling of family. I had never experienced that at any other school, and knew I wanted to be part of this school. The feeling of family is what has made Charlottesville Catholic School so special to me over the years.

How do you apply the latest learning research in your classroom?

In Kindergarten we have been incorporating technology into our daily centers. This is the technology generation, so we have to start them early! We have been using iPads to reinforce our reading and math programs. The students have so much fun playing that they do not even realize how much they are learning! Last Spring, for example, some children wrote stories using a writing app, took a picture to go with their story, and then sent it home for their parents to enjoy! It was a huge success and both the parents and students loved it!

 What is the most important life lesson you want my child to learn in your classroom?

The most important life lesson that I would like my students to learn in my classroom is that they are loved just the way they are. They learn that we are all special to God and to each other. That it is okay to make mistakes, as that is how we learn. That they can take chances with their learning, and not be afraid. That we all learn differently and at different paces, but that in the end we all learn. That they are safe and loved in Kindergarten and that school can be fun, and a  place to make really great friends!

Martin

Christi Martin – Kindergarten

eMail: c.martin@cvillecatholic.org

Years At Charlottesville Catholic School: 3

Degrees: BA from Mid-Atlantic Christian University; Masters in Education from Liberty University

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I began working with children at my church when I was a teenager, and continued as a youth director in college. I love being able to watch children learn & grow!

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I love it when the light bulb comes on and the student really gets it. There are so many joys that come with teaching Kindergarten. They are so innocent in their view of the world and they say the cutest things, like, “I believe in Heaven I will be able to touch a porcupine”!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, with just one thing, what would it be?

I would want my Bible. For the rest, I would have to trust that, “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

What experiences of people had the most influence on you?

My parents, youth leaders, and teachers had the biggest influence. The opportunities to work hard and serve others in my youth definitely shaped my character.

 

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Rose Ciccarone – First Grade

eMail: r.ciccarone@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School:

Degrees:

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have always been a teacher at heart. I thought that my dream to go to college and become an educator may never come to fruition, but I heard God “speak” to me, and He told me that He would lead me, and He did! I have now been a Catholic educator for 24 years! I began my teaching career as a fourth grade teacher, and have taught second and third grades as well, but my first love is teaching first grade. I love their innocence and endless questions.  The most important life lesson that I want them to leave my class with is that Jesus is always with them and that His love is unconditional.  I love helping my students see God in everything and in every place. Oftentimes, I am the learner and they are the ones teaching me!

What are some of your interests, hobbies or passions?

In addition to teaching, I am also very passionate about animal rights. I am a vegetarian, and a cat rescuer. I currently take care of 47 cats, but the number is always growing!

What are your favorite moments with a student?

Some of my favorite moments with my students are, believe it or not, during carline, when we get to chat and be silly together. I like to hear about what is going on in their lives.

Why did you choose to work at Charlottesville Catholic School?

Charlottesville Catholic School is home to me. From the moment I stepped in, I knew I wanted to be part of this magical place. The teachers are the most dedicated group of people I have ever been blessed to work with. The parents are so supportive, and the children are open, energetic and eager to learn.  I am especially blessed to be working side by side with my sister and best friend, Sandy.

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Sandy Ciccarone – First Grade

eMail: s.ciccarone@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 15

Degrees: BA in Psychology & Elementary Education

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a child I attended catholic school and every year on the first day of summer, I would make my way into the public school across the street and help the teachers.

Since graduating in 1991, I have always taught in Catholic schools because Jesus is the center of my heart and life.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

If I were stranded on a deserted island, it would be difficult to pick just one thing! I would need my sister, my Bible, a Starbucks, and my cats! Can I have four things? Both Rose and I rescue cats, and now have 47. This is always fun for the students who love to hear my stories, and sometimes even write me stories about cats! My role model is Saint Francis of Assisi, and I pray to be more like him everyday!

How do you get the results you want each student to achieve?

I love to learn all the newest ways children are learning. In my day it was the whole class learned the same way and the same subjects. Charlottesville Catholic School always provides workshops and classes on technology, reading, writing and math to keep us providing a great, personalized education for our students.

 

Brooks

Tina Brooks – Second Grade

eMail: t.brooks@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School:

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What motivated you to become a teacher?

Charlottesville Catholic School motivated me to become a teacher.  When my eldest daughter began attending Charlottesville Catholic School 14 years ago as a Kindergarten student, I was so pleased with the Christ centered education she was receiving and the family like atmosphere that I wanted to become part of the staff.  In addition, at that time,  I was volunteering as a reading helper and docent in the area for groups of children and realized how much I loved working with children.

How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

As a classroom teacher, I have the joy of teaching all subjects.  I keep current with these subjects by speaking with friends who are teachers, in addition, the administration at Charlottesville Catholic also keeps us informed of the latest researched based trends in education.  This summer I attended two workshops to improve my understanding on Daily 5 and STREAM, two programs we will be initiating in Charlottesville Catholic this year!

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I am a morning person, so my favorite time with my students is when they walk in the door of my classroom and greet me with whatever mood they are in at that moment.  I like them to tell me about their soccer game they might have had the evening before, or about the recital for which they are practicing.  I truly try to get to know who each student is outside the classroom, because, of course I know who they are in the classroom!

How do you inspire your students to love learning?

I try to stay positive with each student.  It’s easy to encourage the child who is consistently successful.  I challenge myself to stay as enthusiastic with students when they are feeling less than successful.  I do my best to motivate the struggling reader to keep trying or to give the struggling writer more ideas about which they can write, or to find just the right strategy to help students who just can’t get their math facts.  I try to make my students understand that only Jesus can be the best in everything, but each one of us can set goals for being better at what we already know.

 

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Dorothy Shufflebarger - Second Grade

eMail: d.shufflebarger@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: This is my first year!

Education: BS & MAT from James Madison University

What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have dreamed of becoming a teacher since I was a little girl.  My favorite game to play was pretending to be in “school” with my sisters and I have never lost the love of it.

What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

When not in school, I love to relax at the beach and travel.  I also like to sew, walk, read, and play board games.

What is the most important life lesson you want my child to learn in your classroom?

I want every one of my students to know that they can be successful.  It may take hard work and it may take time, but I know my students can confidently achieve whatever they take on.  I want my students to know that I respect and care about them, and that I am proud of them.

How do you inspire students to love learning?

I inspire students to love learning by being passionate about what I am teaching.  My students will see that I enjoy and love what I am doing.  I also make learning fun, hands-on, and relevant to their real life experiences.

 

 

Teacher Aides

Boehm

Barbara Boehm – Pre-K Teaching Assistant

eMail: b.boehm@cvillecatholic.org

Fitzgerald

MaryLoud Fitzgerald – Pre-K Teaching Assistant & Extended Day

eMail: m.fitzgerald@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School:

Degrees: BA in English from the University of South Florida

What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

I love the beach, reading, gardening, golf, and Disney World!

Why did you choose to teach at Charlottesville Catholic School?

My daughter started in kindergarten 6 years ago. From the start, everyone here has been kind, warm and loving. When the opportunity to work here arose, I jumped at it. I am so glad I did!

What experiences or people had the most influence on you?

My brother and two sisters have had the most influence on me. Together and separately they have faced extremely challenging situations. Their strength and courage continues to inspire me everyday.

 If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

A bible.

Grant

Patricia Grant – Pre-K Teaching Assistant

eMail: t.grant@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 2

Degrees: M.Ed from Florida State University

Who are your mentors?

There are so many talented teachers I know or have known. I think all my past and present colleagues are mentors.  I learn things from fabulous teachers and administrators every day. Every teacher has a unique vision and special talents. Teaching is truly a calling.

What experiences or people had the most influence on you?

My mother and my grandmother both were in education, so being a child of an educator I was always in someone’s classroom helping out before or after school. School is a second home to me.

How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?

Even though I have not been back in a lead role in a classroom since my son was born, I have an odd obsession with curriculum. I love to go to workshops and conferences and learn the latest teaching techniques and ideas. I even have been known to go to the same workshop twice just to reinforce my thoughts.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

My husband. Even on a deserted island, I’d have a “honey-do” list!

 

Blackburn

Janet Blackburn – Pre-K Teaching Assistant

eMail: j.blackburn@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 3

Degrees & Experience: 16 years working with Pre-K students; BS in Textile Design from the Art Institute of Chicago

What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

I love to hike, cook, and travel, and I love to be with my 3 children: Matt & Rebecca, both 25, and Brendan, 21.

Why did you choose to teach at Charlottesville Catholic School?

My own children attended Catholic school from Kindergarten through 12th grade. They acquired excellent academic & study skills, a greater sense of community service, and a greater love for God. Working at Charlottesville Catholic School affords me the opportunity to help instill these same values in our youngest students, within the caring, family, and service centered environment that is Charlottesville Catholic School.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with just one thing, what would it be?

A picture of my children, as they would give me the will to carry on!

Lewis

Roann Lewis – Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

eMail: r.lewis@cvillecatholic.org

Number of Years at Charlottesville Catholic School: 3 years as an assistant, but 17 years as an alumni parent!

Education & Experience: BS from the College of Mount St. Vincent; science & math content editor for CBS Publishing & Prentice Hall

What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

Reading history books, traveling to places in the history books and playing the piano are my favorite interests and hobbies.  I am also a fanatic New York Yankees fan and instantly bond with other Yankees fans, many of whom, fortunately, live in Charlottesville.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

I often work with children who are struggling with a particular concept so I get to be their “cheerleader.”  Seeing their smiles when they have a breakthrough in understanding is a magical moment.

What is the most important life lesson you want my child to learn in your classroom?

I want the children to learn how much God loves them.  It is wonderful to be in a Catholic School  where I have the opportunity to teach about God’s love.  Last June, one of the Kindergartners thanked me for teaching her the Gospel.  That made my day/my month/my year!

What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

I hope they will always remember, as I sometimes remind them, there are billions of people who have lived, are alive today, and will live in future years, but there is only one amazing YOU, and as Mother Teresa said, though our God-given gifts may be different, together we can make something beautiful.