The Kindergarten year at St. James Academy is one of exploration, discovery and wonder. Kindergarten days are filled with exciting opportunities to acquire new skills and safely take risks while learning about ourselves and the world around us. Kindergarten moments are filled with curiosity, smiles, laughter, tears, joy, challenges, triumphs, accomplishments and friendship.
Teaching at St. James Academy is instinctual, given the ties I have developed as a parent, parishioner, and member of this community over the past twenty-one years. I am excited by the daily challenges, growth, and renewal that are inherent in teaching kindergarten. No two days are ever the same! I appreciate the freedom and flexibility to revise and plan my curriculum according to the needs of our individual students while responding to the evolving trends in education. Young children learn through engaging in active exploration and discovery. Their natural curiosity enables them to absorb new knowledge like a sponge. I am devoted to the exploration and balance of ever-increasing uses of technology while staying true to a developmentally appropriate early childhood experience. I feel privileged to teach in an environment where the social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the students are valued and nurtured. SJA’s devotion to professional development and life-long learning for the faculty are inspirational.
The St. James Kindergarten experience is an adventurous journey to be treasured and shared among students, teachers, and families as well! Whether immersed in a cooking project as we eat our way through the alphabet, successfully reading a book for the very first time, identifying the variety of Maryland birds that inhabit the lovely landscape of SJA, or the thrill of conquering the monkey bars, our students are involved in active exploration. My three children, Liz, Audrey Lane, and Will attended SJA from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Our St. James years have shaped our development, while creating a solid foundation on which to build and grow. We all feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the St. James community!