Mary Nichol

3rd Grade

Education

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and received my degree in Elementary Education. I began my career teaching second grade for five years at St. Veronica School in Milwaukee. I took several years off to raise my two children who are now 20 and 18 years old! I then returned to teaching as a part-time, early childhood/kindergarten special needs aide in the Franklin School District for four years. I have been teaching third grade at St. Joseph’s since 2004.

Philosophy

I believe that every child deserves the right to an exceptional education in a safe and positive atmosphere that promotes confidence and learning at every level. In addition to teachers, parents also play a big role in their child’s education. It is essential that parents and educators work together so that every child reaches their fullest potential.

Having had experience in both private and public education, I much prefer teaching in a Catholic school. Being allowed to teach and instill Catholic morals and values is very important to me. Being respectful and loving others the way Jesus does is talked about, modeled, and reinforced on a daily basis. I also love the smaller, tight-knit family atmosphere that we have here at St. Joe’s.

Some of the highlights in third grade include: daily good deeds, writing in cursive, learning multiplication & division, creative writing stories, state facts, the state parade, animal scrapbooks, hatching chicks, various book themed projects & reports, and reading stories to our first grade buddies.