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January 2015

Curiosity, Determination, Courage, and Perseverance

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Flight-FestToday was an exciting day for the second grade class. Each year, students learn about the Wright Brothers. Curiosity, determination, courage, and perseverance are qualities that always come up in discussion when learning about these two inventors. “These qualities are ones that I wish to instill in my second graders,” said Mrs. Wallis.

When the story of the invention of the airplane and the lives of two ordinary brothers was first introduced to the students of St. James Academy 12 years ago, it was the 100th anniversary of this invention. Each year, the excitement of wonder and discovery of this science, reading, and social studies unit grows greater. The students read a biography of Orville and Read More

Spotlight on Mrs. James

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St. James Academy Reading SpecialistMrs. James began her career in 2001 teaching first grade in Virginia Beach, Virginia. After taking some time off from teaching to stay home with her children, she worked as a professional trainer and developed and facilitated professional development trainings for the Department of Education. During this time, she also received her masters of education with certification as a reading specialist from Loyola University Maryland.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

Ever since I was very young, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I can vividly recall playing school with my “students” when I was a little girl. I was extremely blessed that I had so many amazing teachers who made such a powerful difference in my life. I hope that I am able to encourage and inspire my students to learn with joy and passion as well. Read More

Design Thinking

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By: Ms. Glace

Design ThinkingWhat an incredible year it has been so far teaching second grade at St. James! One of things that I love so much about SJA is the continuing education that is provided for teachers here through workshops and seminars.  One of the first assignments that I was given as a teacher here was to attend a daylong faculty workshop on design thinking.  At the time, design thinking was a concept about which I knew very little.  I soon came to find myself intrigued with the idea and excited to incorporate it into my second grade curriculum.  The design thinking activities that I plan for my class provides an opportunity for students to create meaningful solutions to problems that are presented to them.  My students work collaboratively to follow the design process, which calls for each group to think, make, test, and improve.  My goal is to create a class of young innovators who not only have the skills and knowledge to solve the problems of the future but the confidence to do so as well. Read More

Spotlight on Mrs. Courtney Fox

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St. James Academy Blog.Mrs. Fox began her career at Roland Park Country School in 2004. She taught science to Kindergarten, Prefirst and first grade. During that time, she pursued her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Goucher College. In the fall of 2005, she accepted a position as a Second Grade homeroom teacher. She continued teaching second grade for nine years.  After taking some time off to stay home with her two boys, Mrs. Fox was eager to get back into the classroom, so the Fourth Grade Assistant position at SJA was the perfect opportunity.

Why did you want to become a teacher?

I always dreamed of becoming a teacher ever since elementary school. I was blessed to have many teachers who instilled in me a love of learning and school. I hope to have the same positive influence over my students. It’s important that they feel excited about coming to school and feel the same desire to learn and challenge themselves in order to become better students and citizens. Read More