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As an educator with 26 years of teaching experience, I still remember the excitement I had on my very first day of teaching. It is the joy and hope that I feel each school year when I walk my new students into the classroom on the first day of school. My philosophy begins with creating an engaging, vibrant environment that supports the academic, spiritual, and social growth for each student entrusted to my care. By partnering with parents, kindergarteners grow and learn in so many ways, heading to first grade and beyond with foundational skills, work habits and confidence to chase their dreams.
SVES is not just a school. It is a community...a happy, united community! Students, parents and teachers work together to create a positive, nurturing environment for all students to grow, learn, and achieve.
In Kindergarten, I remember sitting on the carpet around my teacher and singing songs. I recall that I was the first student to learn to tie shoes and I became the "shoe tier" for the class! Now my favorite part of the day is sitting in my rocking chair with my students gathered around for story time ... and I am still the "shoe tier!"
As an alumna of SVES and SVHS, I have fond memories of playing tetherball on the blacktop, learning to quilt in my elective class, and eagerly waiting in line with my ticket for hot dog day each month. I remember always feeling at home at SVES because I knew my teachers cared about much more than the grade I received on a test. They cared about me as a person. I am fortunate that many of my SV classmates have remained my close friends and we often recall the incredible experiences we shared at SVES. SV has truly shaped the people we are today.
I believe that children learn best when they are in a nurturing and supportive learning environment. When children are rooted in kindness and shared respect, they are ready to embark together on their learning journey! I feel it is important to provide opportunities for the students to work independently and collaboratively and to demonstrate their understanding of concepts in multiple ways.
SVES is a wonderful community where faculty and parents are committed to the academic, social/ emotional, and spiritual growth of the students. In this faith-filled environment, friendships between students at all grade levels flourish. It is heart-warming to witness eighth graders giving high-fives to kindergartners, and middle school students stop what they are doing to help a first grader who fell on the yard. The students support and care for one another.
I fell in love with reading as a first grader! I remember the first time I read a short chapter book completely on my own at home, and I could not wait to get to school the next day to tell my teacher. She was so proud of me and made me feel so special. I think about that a lot as a teacher; the importance of making every child’s achievements feel acknowledged and valued.
Children are by nature curious and kind. I promote a positive and cooperative learning environment that encourages academic achievement and personal development of the whole child.
SVES is reminiscent of my own Catholic school experience. As a parent, I am so appreciative of the outstanding education my daughter received at SVES and SVHS that set her up for success in college.
I remember with fondness, my second grade teacher, Miss Maida of St. Albert the Great School in Palo Alto. She was sweet, kind, and taught us to sing the Beatles Classic, “Here Comes the Sun”.
I believe that as an educator it is our responsibility, along with parents, to educate our students in a nurturing, faith-filled environment. As teachers we need to provide a loving, supportive and safe classroom that will help students thrive and reach their full potential. In partnership with parents as the primary educators, teachers and the school community need to commit to the students academic success, spiritual awareness and social growth.
I love SVES because of the sense of community. I love teaching the students and working along with their parents to help them reach their potential. I enjoy all of the faith-filled activities such as First Friday Mass and PEAK family activities.
When I was in 3rd grade at St. Gabriel School in San Francisco, I loved when our teacher, Ms. Kelly, would gather us on the carpet for a “read aloud”. I loved listening to the various books she would read to us. I also loved the many field trips we went on. One of my favorites in 3rd grade was taking the Muni Bus to the ice skating rink on 48th Avenue in the Sunset District. I have many fond memories from the ice rink.
My philosophy to teaching is to engage the students through differentiated learning techniques. It is important to teach, and help, the "whole" child. There should always be a balance between structure and flexibility for "individual student" learning as well as "whole class" learning. With trust in the Lord God, our guide, all of this, and more, can be accomplished.
I love the history and tradition of our school. However, we could not have a strong history and tradition without the commitment and dedication of our community. I love the students, my friends and co-workers, the SVES families, and their extended families, who constantly assist and support our school.
My fourth grade teacher was Sr. Lucia. She was the most kind, intelligent, and helpful teacher. She always knew the right thing to say, even if it was difficult to hear. I'll never forget her gentle smile and her words of encouragement.
My philosophy includes creating a safe and efficient learning environment for all students. It is important to me to encourage students to challenge themselves daily, always striving to do their best, which varies from student to student. Helping them recognize what they are capable of is the true gift of teaching.
I love that I am a part of such a supportive and faith-filled environment.
I remember when Mr. Franks, my sophomore year world history teacher, told me he had noticed that I had a renewed sense of confidence. I had become involved in FFA, working on an agri-science project which received awards at the state level. I felt a bit more confident, but having a teacher take time to notice and encourage me made all the difference. I try to be that teacher for my students.
Developing a mutual respect between the student and teacher is a necessary foundation for learning. An educator must provide a safe, supportive and caring environment which allows for open communication between the school and home. Students learn in many different ways (i.e. visual, auditory, kinesthetic). As an educator, my job is to provide a variety of tools and resources to engage all students and their learning styles.
Saint Vincent’s Elementary School is a beautiful campus where students and staff are clearly proud of their school. SVES provides a safe academic environment where learning is both challenging and fun. The students contribute to their community by providing service and sharing their faith. What impresses me most is that the students seem genuinely happy both inside and outside the classroom. I love their smiles.
Sixth grade is an exciting time! It is a time in a child’s life that is full of personal development, growing friendships, and new discoveries. I have fond memories of the adults that helped me navigate through my Junior High School years. I aspire to be the adult to whom my students turn to when they seek guidance.
My approach to teaching is the Golden Rule... treat others how you want to be treated. I highly respect my students in all areas of their learning and expect the same respect from them as I teach. I understand and respect that all students learn differently, and I teach accordingly. My door is always open as I see my students as my second family.
I love SVES because of the strong traditions that the school community holds on to. The two traditions I appreciate the most are Morning Prayer and Candlelighting at Christmas. I found these very important and special when my own children attended St. Vincents.
When I was in junior high, I fondly remember working in the office during lunch, working in the library before school, and being on Student Council.
I believe students learn best when actively engaged with curriculum through a variety of group, individual and project based learning.
I love the sense of the community at St. Vincent’s. I love that the faculty, parents and students all work together as a team.
My 8th grade US History teacher, Mr. Van Atta started my love and interest for US HIstory. He was really loud and did voices for all the important historical figures we studied.
I believe in educating the whole child and creating a positive and nurturing environment, using the same love and compassion that Jesus did, so every student can thrive.
SVES is an amazing community with the most dedicated and passionate faculty and staff. The feeling of family and care envelopes every student and family.
When I made my First Holy Communion, I wanted to be like Michael Jackson and wear only one lace glove when I went on the altar to sing with my class. My parents said, “No.” But, I snuck up on the altar and took off one glove to “perform” the song. My mom and dad were not amused.
Engage, enage, engage! When a child is engaged in material, the transition to learning is an incredible experience.
The ability to foster learning in an amazingly engaging learning community is very rare and special in our world.
My fifth grade teacher took time to show me exactly why an I-beam is so strong. I’ll never forget how it felt to have my learning style independently addressed in such a compassionate, focused manner.
First, I want to convey my enthusiasm for the subject and my excitement about learning in general. If I am not excited, they’re not excited. Second is listening and knowing my students. They need to be engaged in learning and that can only happen if we are working together.
It’s great to see that energy and enthusiasm of the kids. It’s infectious and I feel rejuvenated.
Collecting tree leaves for 8th grade science in the autumn with our teacher, Mr. Moses rekindled my love of science. It was not just collecting and classifying leaves but also looking at the soil and proximity to streams and other trees that awoke in me a deeper perception of the multidimensionality and interconnectedness of the world.
I have been teaching Spanish since 2004. My philosophy as a teacher is to help my students learn Spanish in a pleasant and interactive way and also to be their guide and mentor in their own human development in order to strengthen their education, their personal foundation, and their life coping skills to succeed.
I am a very proud teacher and a parent of two students currently enrolled at St. Vincent High School. The school offers the greatest environment and curriculum for our children in preparation for their future. The quality of the staff members and the families make the school stand out as one the best in our community.
I remember studying in a school with nuns. My first grade teacher was Sister Gabriel García Márquez, a very famous writer, a novelist, and the winner of the literature Nobel award in 1982. She had a great impact on my education during my years in elementary school. I also remember being involved with all the dance performances that the school offered.
Physical Education helps children learn movement and their knowledge of movement enables them to participate confidently in many forms of physical activities. The child who is well educated physically is more likely to be a healthy adult, motivated to remain healthy. Physical education promotes the social skills and cooperation needed to be successful in school, work and play. It is my goal to help children develop Christian character in a socially and physically interactive curriculum occurring in a natural setting outside the classroom.
I love St. Vincent Elementary because Jesus is the Common Core. I have been so blessed with the many personal and professional relationships over the years at SV. One of the great strengths of St. Vincent’s is the community of and focus on the family. It has been the joy of my heart to be a part of this community.
Mr. Isola was the PE specialist when I was at my grade school. He always had fun activities when he came to our school. I remember enjoying running in the pony express relay and learning new activities from different cultures, which I enjoy teaching at St. Vincent’s today.
I believe in an organic approach and like to use the student's passion and excitement to guide the curriculum. I believe that children are capable of more than any of us know, especially when it comes to music.
I love SVES because of the community. Even after a few months I feel like I have a whole new family.
I remember attending the Nutcracker after learning all of the instruments in music class and seeing them in the orchestra pit and knowing I wanted to be a part of that someday. I’ve played in more than 20 pit orchestras, I always think back to that day.
Reading is my passion! I was a reader as a child and still love to read as an adult. It is my goal to help the children at SVES realize their potential as lifelong readers.
I feel blessed to have been employed at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School for the last 21 years. I was hired as the Learning Center Director and now fill the roles of Librarian and Reading Resource Teacher. It is my privilege to go to work every day with a group of amazing teachers and support staff members. St. Vincent's provides its students with the foundational skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Having sent three children through SVES and SVHS, I can say without reservations that I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and philosophy of both our schools.
My love of reading started in elementary school with the Nancy Drew Series. After reading the first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, I was hooked--hooked on Nancy Drew and hooked on reading! Books gave me the ability to see the world and meet new people. I wish I could remember who suggested that book to me, because I should have said thank you a thousand times over. Elementary school is where I became a lifelong reader!
First we work, then we play!
I love the family and community feeling. This is my fourth year working full time at SVES. My two daughters attended SVES and SVHS.
When I attended Catholic grade school in San Francisco, I played on the 4th grade kickball team. I still love to watch the kids here play kickball.
All three of my children enjoyed an outstanding education attending SVES during their elementary school years. I especially appreciate the one-on-one attention they received which helped them to be successful at SVHS and then later in college. I am grateful to be a part of this deeply invested community of faith and warmth.
The time-honored traditions at SVES make me think of attending Catholic elementary school in San Francisco when I was growing up. I remember, when I was eight, being so proud to be chosen to carry Mary's beautiful crown of flowers for the ceremony on May Day.
The Community is what I love. The relationships that develop over the years are priceless, relationships between the kids, the parents, the grandparents, the faculty and staff. I really like the faith based academics. As a parent, I see that my children are challenged and eager to learn. The teachers create an environment where the students acquire the skills to become successful and ambitious.
When I was in elementary school, it was the faculty and staff that made a difference in my education. In reflection of my elementary years, it was my 8th grade math teacher who really made a difference. He taught both my sister and I. In his math class, he would allow his students time to talk and discuss word problems to work together to find the solution. That is a theme I see here on campus at SVES. Better Together!