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Grades 6-8

Mr. Baird

Western Michigan University, B.A. in Finance
Trinity Christian College, Secondary Teaching Certification in Business, Marketing and Computer Education

Middle School Endorsement in Mathematics

"I believe that mathematics is just like playing a sport.  In order to be good at it, you need to get a lot of practice.  So, like a coach, my goal is to give my students a lot of practice so that they get better at math and enjoy it more."

Mrs. Douin

Western Illinois University, B.A. in History and Philosophy

"I am happy to be a part of St. Barnabas school!  I believe a solid foundation in Catholic values and academics is not only an educational goal, but a life necessity.  Imparting Catholic values and traditions lays the groundwork for not only academic success, but personal and spiritual growth."

Mrs. Fordice

Saint Xavier University, B.A. in Criminal Justice
Saint Xavier University, M.A. in Elementary Education
Middle School Endorsement in Social Sciences

"I believe that each child is a unique individual who requires a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.  As an educator, I desire to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, pushes their thinking and invites a sharing of ideas.  I believe that it is vital to tie learning into the world community to help children become caring and active members of society."

Mrs. Kerr

University of Utah, B.S.in Psychology
Westminster College of Utah, B.A. in Elementary Education
ESL Endorsement

"I believe that the essence of education is growth, and that all children are capable of learning.  I believe that it is my role as the teacher to guide and advise my students so they are able to make wise educational and personal choices.  I believe that true learning takes place when we make mistakes because it validates the idea that we are life-long learners."

Ms. Kotarski

DePaul University, B.A. in Secondary English Education
Concordia University: Master of Education: Instruction and Curriculum: Science K-14
Middle School Language Arts and Science Endorsement
Certified Catechist

"As an educator, I inspire students to become life-long learners.  I focus on students' academic success and emphasize collaboration.  I create a culture of success through positive transformation and growth inside and outside the classroom, preparing students for their futures."

Mrs. Preabt

University of Illinois, B.S. in Elementary Education
American College of Education, M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction
Middle School certification in Math, Language Arts and Social Sciences

"I see my students as future leaders, creative thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators.  Therefore, as a teacher, it is my responsibility to create lessons and activities that are meaningful, challenging, and relevant.  It is important to me that my students not only learn basic skills, but also learn how to think critically, work collaboratively, and use technology.  As a Catholic school educator, it is also important for me to create a safe, positive learning environment in which students are taught morals and values."

Ms. Ruth

Eastern Illinois University, B.S. in Elementary Education
St. Xavier University, M.A in Education: Reading Specialist
Middle School Language Arts Endorsement
Certified Catechist

"I believe all students are capable of producing quality work and each student has his or her own strength.  As an educator, it is my duty to help each student find his or her strength and build upon it.  It is incredibly imperative to praise students and to publish their work; students enjoy seeing their work on display which encourages them to continue working hard.  At the junior high level, it is very important to create engaging lessons that relate to the students' everyday lives not only to increase their interests, but also so they realize that learning does not only occur within the classroom."

Mrs. Shader

University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.
Governors State University, M.A.
Certified Catechist

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