Spotlight on Mrs. Courtney Fox

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.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family. I have two sons,  Brady (2 yrs)  and Nolan (3 yrs.) at home. We love to play outside, read and play pretend. In addition, I love hiking, and playing tennis and golf during the spring and summer months.

Who inspired you growing up? 

My parents were true role models for me growing up. My mother always seemed to uphold a positive attitude no matter what the circumstance. She was caring and nurturing, and yet, she gave us the room to make mistakes and learn from them. My father was the most selfless and hardworking person I’ve ever met. He left the house very early every morning, and when he returned from work in the evening, he always took time to be present with his family. My parents continue to be my role models to this day.

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

I would love to meet Helen Keller. I will never forget reading a book about her life in second grade, and just being amazed by her story. I was inspired by her determination and tenacity of spirit. She was just an incredible woman who overcame so many obstacles, and yet, never wavered and remained strong willed.

What do you want the students to learn from you?

I hope that they will ultimately gain more confidence and respect for themselves and others. I want them to challenge themselves and not be afraid to take risks. Overall, it’s important that they love learning and approach life with a positive and determined attitude!

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

I love to travel. During my junior year in college, I studied abroad for a semester in Florence, and I did not want to come home! I’ve visited over 15 different countries and hope to visit many more. It’s important to experience other cultures and expose yourself to different ways of life.

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