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St. John School Teacher Profiles: Meet Mrs. Helen Walsh, Kindergarten (K5A)

Mrs. Walsh, St. John School K5A Teacher
Mrs. Walsh, St. John School K5A Teacher

1.  Can you tell us a little about your background and how long have you been a teacher at St. John School?
I was born and raised in Charlestown, MA, the oldest of five siblings.  I attended Saint Francis de Sales Grammar School and Boston Latin School for grades 7-12.  I graduated from UMASS / Amherst and a few weeks later interviewed for the Grade 2 position at SJS.  I taught Grade 2 for 13 years and then in 2002 had a daughter, Annemarie.  During the next four years I worked at the SJS Afterschool Program.  I returned to teaching in 2006 in K5A.  So I have been a part of this wonderful SJS family for 25 years!

2. What attracted you to teaching?
I always loved school as a child.   I honestly can’t remember wanting to be anything but a teacher.

3. What is most rewarding about being a teacher?
One of the best things about being a teacher is that every day is different.  There is nothing better than spending your day with these amazing, happy children.

4. What’s the newest, freshest approach you are bringing to your job as a St. John teacher?
SJS has such amazing technology.  The fact that every classroom has a SmartBoard is incredible.  The students love all of the interactive learning.  We also have the Superkids Reading Program in the lower grades and we are already seeing amazing results.

5. What is something your students have taught you?
I think any teacher will say that their students teach them more than they would have thought possible.  When you are working with 5 and 6 year olds, they teach you every day how exciting and precious life really is.  If someone in the class has a loose tooth, it is exciting for all of us!  That’s what it is all about!

6. What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?
As a kid one of my favorite things was being on a swim team.  Now I get to watch my daughter’s meets and I just love it!  I also love to travel with my husband and daughter and I love doing dinner with my friends.

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