Teachers

Carmen Podolak

cpodolak@sti.esu7.org

I have taught for over 18 years, 12 of them have been at St. Isidore's. My favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing the excitement in the children when they learn about Jesus, how to write their name or letters, when they use glitter, or get to paint. The best thing about teaching at St. Isidore’s Catholic school is how we are a family and a community and when something happens we all pull together to lift each other up in some way.

Karen Miksch "Miss M"

kmiksch@sti.esu7.org

I have been teaching for the past 15 years. My favorite thing about being a teacher is actually all the little things that make children happy. It makes me step back and take a look at the simple things in my life and be grateful for them. The best thing about teaching at St. Isidore’s Catholic school is that I feel like we are a family. We take care of each other. My favorite saint is St. Theresa of the child of Jesus. My mother’s name was Theresa. She is known for doing little things.

Rachael Schmid

rschmid@sti.esu7.org

This year marks the eleventh year of teaching for me, with this year being my first at St. Isidores! The first ten years were with Columbus Public Schools, where I was an Early Childhood Special Education teacher, working with children ages birth-five in the daycare and preschool classrooms as well as coaching parents and children in thier homes. My favorite part of teaching is watching and taking part in helping children grow and develop. I love how innocent and excited children are about learning at this age. They are so inquisitive and eager. I was a parish member and had worked with and served children in the preschool before having children of my own. Even then, I knew this is where my children would be. I love the feeling of faith, family, and community that St. Isidore's has. My favorite saint is St. Bernadette of Lourdes. I remember watching a video in elementary school and becoming instantly infatuated with everything about her. She is also my confirmation saint! One of my favorite movies is The Song of Bernadette. My mom even loves it and will call me to let me know whenever it is on. If I could choose only one place to visit in my lifetime, it would be the Grotto at Lourdes in France with my mother and grandmother.

In the classroom...

St. Isidore offers a two-day preschool program and a three-day preschool program. The preschool two-day program is designed for students who will enter Kindergarten in two-three years. The child needs to be three years old and toilet trained. Some of the program features include social skills, counting, alphabet recitation, colors and Bible stories. The three-day preschool program is designed for students who will enter Kindergarten or who are thinking about entering Kindergarten the following year. The child needs to be four years old by July 31st. Some of the program features include color/shape recognition, writing and identifying numbers to 10, writing and identifying alphabet letters and Bible Stories.

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