Fifth Grade & Sixth Grade:  one word – lottery.  Write a one-page response to the story we read in class today, “The Lottery,” by Shirley Jackson.  Vocabulary Test on Friday, words #1-10.  Reminder…Book Report #1 is due in just about one month.  Select a book from your list, and start to read it today.

Seventh Grade & Eighth Grade:  one word – dotard.  Respond to Journal #17 & Journal #18.  Reminder…be sure that you are all caught up on journal questions, as I will be collecting and grading them by the end of this week.

Having served in Catholic Schools for over thirty years, I am a huge proponent of our Catholic educational system. I began teaching at St. Cornelius in Long Beach, California, in 1984, after acquiring a Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University (LMU). I taught self-contained grades 6 and 4 before moving up for a “permanent residency” in Middle School Literature. I have extensive background in Special Education, derived while pursuing a Masters Degree from CSULB, in Special Education – Severe Handicapping Conditions. In 2003 I was appointed as the Vice-Principal at St. Cornelius, where I continued teaching Literature part-time. In 2005 I moved to a new school, St. Bruno in Whittier, at the request of my Pastor who was appointed to St. Bruno Church, and served as the Principal for five years. During that time I once again returned to LMU and earned a Masters degree in Catholic School Administration. In 2010 my husband was transferred to Boeing, here in Charleston, and that is how I came to be at Divine Redeemer, where in addition to serving as the Principal, I also teach Literature to students in grades 5 - 8. I have three grown-up children who all currently live in California. I have had some unusual jobs in the past, including boiler inspector, construction safety administrator, emergency room admitting clerk, and stand-up comic, but am most fulfilled in my career as an educator. In my spare time I read (mysteries and thrillers), and watch way too much reality TV with my best pal, Daisy Caroline, who is an adorable five year old Corgi Mix. It is my pleasure to serve the families, faculty and staff at Divine Redeemer Catholic School.