I love teaching, but I almost gave it up many years ago. I began my career in 1976, right out of college. I graduated from OSU (go BEAVERS!) with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Language Arts. I taught high school English in Portland and later in Medford for the first few years. I loved working with my students but I felt like something didn’t quite fit my picture of being a teacher. About that time, I had my first child and I decided to quit teaching to stay home and be a full-time mom.
Several years later, when my little girls were old enough to begin school at Sacred Heart, I began volunteering in their classrooms. What fun it was to work with the young children! The principal of our school at that time, Mr. Zuber, asked me if I would consider coming to teach kindergarten. I was surprised to find myself back teaching but this time I LOVED everything about my job! I went back to college to get my Master’s in Elementary Education at SOU (go Raiders!) while I kept teaching at Sacred Heart. I’ve been teaching here now for over twenty-two years. Everyday I wake up and thank God for bringing me to this special school!
I was born in a little town in Oregon, called Lakeview, so that makes me a native Oregonian. I have been married to my college sweetheart, Dick Maurer, for 41 years. We have two daughters and now a son-in-law! Last August I became a grandma for the first time! I’m having a blast spoiling my little grandson. My family is very important to me and we spend lots of time together.
My favorite pastimes are reading, watching movies, camping and traveling. I love science fiction and ancient history. My little dog Jack keeps me laughing at all his little tricks. I love, love, love the Beavers, whether they are winning or losing! But most of all, I love teaching!
Sacred Heart School is like a family. I strive to make our classroom is a place where students feel safe and cared for. Our class moto is “Reach for the Stars!” Every day students are encouraged to set new goals for themselves and work toward those goals. We also practice mindfulness in our Mind UP curriculum that encourages students to explore and persevere in their efforts, while reminding them that it is through mistakes and failures that we learn the most! Our classroom is a busy, active, positive place to learn. God has blessed me with a loving family, wonderful friends, and a job that brings me such joy. I am blessed to work in a place that lets me share my faith every day with the people around me!
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