Julie Billiart Schools strive to build self-confidence, inspire Christian values and empower students with skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm for life-long learning. This month’s featured staff member, Mary Jo Hogan, said continuing her career at Julie Billiart Schools simply felt like "coming home" to her!
Mary Jo is an 8th Grade intervention specialist at our Lyndhurst campus. She received her Master of Education degree from Ohio University and particularly enjoys teaching reading and math.
Here’s what Mary Jo recently shared during an interview about her career and experience at Julie Billiart Schools:
Why did you choose JB to start/continue your career? I came to JB after working in both public and charter schools. Having attended Catholic schools while growing up, this really just felt like “coming home” to me. The people here are fantastic – hard-working, supportive, and kind-hearted with a mission that I believe in.
As a teacher, what advice can you give parents looking for the “right fit” for their child with learning challenges? I think the most important thing to consider when looking for a "right fit" is whether or not the school offers the support that your child needs to be successful. It is important to be completely open with the school regarding your child's specific needs, whether social, behavioral or academic. If the school has programs to support your child's needs, the next step is for your child to shadow at the school to see if it "feels" right to them. Of course, other factors to consider are location, cost, and transportation.
Briefly share a time when you feel you really made an impact on a student/parent. One of the greatest joys of being a teacher is when a student writes you a heartfelt note of thanks. One such note that stands out for me, was from one of our 8th graders several years ago. In the note, she thanked me for being her teacher, especially in science. She said, ". . . I never really understood it, but you have made it clearer and better . . ." It's so meaningful to know that maybe you helped a student in a small way such as this.
According to JB Lyndhurst Principal, Jodi Johnston, “The thoughtful care and compassion Mary Jo gives to our junior high students helps to prepare them for the transition to high school. Her forward thinking in her approach to teaching allows her to maintain high standards for all of the students. Her calm demeanor promotes the perfect learning environment. She is a model teacher and is a shining example of the JB Way!”
With campuses in Akron & Lyndhurst, Julie Billiart Schools educate children with unique learning and social needs including high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences. Creating an atmosphere of acceptance in the classroom, recognizing students’ unique gifts and talents, and collaborating with students’ families to reach goals is just a part of the culture at Julie Billiart Schools. To learn more, visit www.juliebilliartschool.org