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11401311_668579919942473_3412343025910894029_nMrs. Mayo joins St. James Academy with over 30 years of teaching experience. She is a highly qualified reading and math specialist, who is extremely excited to be joining us at St. James Academy this year. Mrs. Mayo has won the Baltimore Sun’s Reading by 9 Teacher Recognition Award and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence. 

What does St. James mean to you?

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and families in the St. James community. St. James is a wonderful opportunity for me to serve my community in a nurturing, child-centered environment.

What do you want students to learn from you?

I want my students to enjoy coming to school each day. I want them to face challenge with vigor and perseverance, to feel pride in their personal accomplishments and to take care of each other!

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

My husband and I have renovated and remodeled several homes and do most of our own work. Since we love history, we include antiques and historic architecture in the homes we renovate. I love interior decorating and painting. I do all of our painting- and I don’t use painter’s tape! We are currently working on our home on our family’s 253-year-old farm.

Who inspired you?

My parents were definitely my inspiration. They raised us to be respectable, responsible, independent and strong. As respected members of the Hereford community, they encouraged and set standards for us through their own example. My parents’ guiding principal ’It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, as long as you do it well!’ still resonates with me today.

If you could meet one famous person who would it be and why?

Rather than meeting a “famous” person, I would prefer to meet our ancestors, especially those that lived on our farm. As I walk through our graveyard and old buildings, I think about those that walked the same paths before us. I have so many questions for them!

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

When I finally do sit down, I love old black and white movies from the thirties, forties, and fifties, especially film noir! There’s so much history hidden between the stories. Popcorn and an old movie- can’t beat it!