Once a substitute, now a full-time instructor, Jennifer Schauls is honored to be teaching second grade at St. Theresa Catholic School.
Schauls has taught preschool and substituted for years prior to her full-time position. Now she teaches a full classroom all subjects except social studies. The other second grade teacher handles that subject for all second graders. Schauls trades for science.
“I was really impressed by the way the staff treated me as a substitute teacher,” says Schauls. “They also focused on the students to make sure they would have a good day as well.”
Just at her new position a mere six weeks, her classroom looks as though she’s been there much longer. The words “faith,” “family” and “love” are inscribed on the wall. The list of ideas for second graders to write about is long: animals, my siblings, my life or losing teeth.
“My favorite part of this age is their creativity and independence,” she says. “I can give them a task, and they give me even more than I expect in return. It’s always a good surprise with this age.”
An event coming up for Schauls and her class is Family Math Night. New this year is a different way of teaching math called Every Day Mathematics. The students and their families will be able to play these new math games and other activities that will be set up in the classroom.
Also coming up are conferences, a book fair and an all-school fundraiser.
Schauls, a Scranton native, received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently she is working towards her reading endorsement and an instructional strategist endorsement for mild and moderate learning disabilities at Grand View.
“These endorsements are already helping me teach in my current classroom,” she says.
When not teaching, Schauls spends time with her two daughters and husband. When time does allow, she gets to scrapbook.