Hi Ms. Morelli! This is Aidan Manion from the 8th Grade! I would like to do an interview with you since you are a new teacher. This interview will be featured on the 8th Grade Blog. The 8th Grade Blog is a blogging website on WordPress for current and future 8th Graders. Here are some questions I would like to ask you! After this interview is published, you can check out the interview on the blog staugustinesite.wordpress.com and follow us as well!
Q1: When you heard about a new job opening for a third grade teacher at St. Augustine School, what was your first thought on it?
Last spring I was on the Diocese’s website and stumbled upon a
few openings at catholic schools. As everyone should do, I did my research and thought St. Augustine’s would be a strong fit for me. Everyone I would talk to had glowing things to say about the parish and the community. More importantly the school’s mission in character, knowledge, and faith is something that spoke to me. I believe school is a place for the student to grow into strong helpful members of society, and this school sets the students up for that success!
Q2: Which college or university did you attend?
I attended the University of Rhode Island where I received an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and another in Theatre. Originally I was a Public Relations major but after doing four hundred hours of community service with a development center through Americorps Jumpstart, I knew my calling was in the classroom.
Q3: How do you feel about your new job and how are you going to carry that motivation going forward?
I am very blessed to be the third grade teacher here at St. Augustine’s. My fellow staff members are incredibly welcoming and supportive. I feel I am growing into a stronger teacher, and person everyday. Like any job, it comes with its harder days. Yet, the reward I receive everyday by being able to help my amazing students grow into passionate intelligent catholics is unmeasurably positive.
Q4: How do you feel about your students?
This is the easiest question of all. These students are incredibly special. Every single one is wonderful. Third grade is such a unique time in development where students are going from learning to read, to reading to learn about the world. Being able to experience the magic of knowledge and faith with such kind hearted students is an honor.
Q5: Were you teacher before? If not, did you have a different job before?
I was a teacher before this. I worked at an urban charter school in northern Rhode Island. Prior to that I was in college and did many different jobs. I subbed for Warwick Schools. I was a teacher’s assistant a college course in Theatre, as well as to a course to Freshmen adapting to college life. I spent time in the classroom and tutored in South Kingstown. I worked as a teacher assistant in North Kingstown at a development center. I also worked in the University of Rhode Island costume shop, sewing for their theatre productions! My best advice for anyone who has a career goal is to get as much as experience volunteering as you can prior.
Hope this helped!