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Teacher Feature -- Missy Meighan

missym-3Missy Meighan -- Director of Education Support Services 
BA Economics James Madison University 
Med Special Education John Hopkins University 
Certification Program for Inclusive Education – Notre Dame

Why did you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle? 
At Saint Thomas, we value each child’s unique gift and talents.

What do you love about your job?
Seeing Jesus in students, faculty, and parents.

What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
It’s ok to let your child fail and learn from their mistakes.

What makes a “good day” at school?
When students are excited about learning.

What do you do over summer break?
Spend lots of time with my family. Read. Hang out on the lake

What do you hope your students remember about you?
How much I love and learn from them.

 

 

Teacher Feature: Amy Zakrajasek

teacherfeature-5Amy Zakrajasek
Saint Thomas Fourth and Fifth Grade Multi-Age Teacher
Undergraduate at Purdue University
Calvin College LD Endorsement  

Why did you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle?
Saint Thomas the Apostle allows me to demonstrate my passion for Christ and for children in a creative way. 

What do you love about your job?
The energy I get from the kids!  It keeps me young!

What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
Be a guide on the side. In other words, guide them, support them, but don’t do it for them. Struggling is how we learn and grow. 

What makes a “good day” at school?
For me as a teacher, it is when I’ve had a heart-to-heart, good talk with either one child or the whole class about faith. 

What do you do over summer break?
Sit on the beach and read books that I will use with my students the following year. 

What do you hope your students remember about you?
That I loved them and taught them about life and how to be the person God created them to be.      

  

Teacher Feature: Abby VanDyke

teacherfeature-7Abby VanDyke
Saint Thomas Third Grade Teacher
Undergraduate at Central Michigan University
Aquinas College Master Art of Teaching Reading Specialist Bilingual Bicultural Education

Why did you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle? 
I heard Saint Thomas was a very strong faith-filled school and I wanted to be a part of that.  I also wanted my kids immersed in the faith at Saint Thomas. 

What do you love about your job?  
I love going to mass and adoration!  I love that Jesus is always part of our day. 

What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
Pray with your kids everyday!  Love them!  Read to them!

What makes a “good day” at school?  
A good day is when plans and materials are ready and the kids are excited to learn.  Coffee Helps!

What do you do over summer break?
Summer?  What’s that?  We play and read  a lot with a short vacation when possible. 

What do you hope your students remember about you? 
Love Jesus and Pray!  Read!      

 

   

Girls on the Run

Calling all Saint Thomas 3rd - 5th grade girls...there's still time to sign up for Girls on the Run! Visit www.raceplanner.com/register/index/2019KentCountyGirlRegistration?sid=720bde6b38e24c858baf984ad1198a89 to register. 

Girls on the Run is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength! Throughout the 10-week season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. The girls will also participate in the Girls on the Run 5K
event. This celebratory, non-competitive 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible!

Practices will tentatively be held Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5pm at Saint Thomas 3/4/19-5/15/19 with the 5K race on 5/18/19 in Downtown Grand Rapids. If you have any question, please contact your Girls on the Run Saint Thomas coaches at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you!

~ Coach Kelly Jandernoa, Coach Katie Morrow, and Coach Julie Riemenschneider

 

Teacher Feature: Kailey Malonek

Kailey Malonek
Saint Thomas Kindergarten Teacher
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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Elementary Education
Michigan Provisional Certificate (K-8 self-contained) (Math 6-8)

Why do you choose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle?
I chose to teach at Saint Thomas the Apostle because faith is radiant. The love and compassion that all my coworkers and families shows keeps positivity alive. I am bettering myself every day and a big part of it is because Saint Thomas the Apostle. Saint Thomas is a great place to find yourself. 

What do you love about your job?
I love spending my days with my adorable Kindergarten students. I love that I am always learning with them. I love teaching students and watching them blossom. I love that the students at Saint Thomas are welcoming, loving, and faith-filled. 

What advice would you give parents who want to help their child succeed in the classroom?
Continue listening to and loving your children. Continue to remind your children anything can be accomplished with practice and patience. 

What makes a “good day” at school?
A good day at school is being able to learn while having fun and living through Christ. 

What do you do over summer break?
Over summer break, I spend time finding new ideas for the next school year. I love spending time with family, spending day’s outdoors, spending extra time with God, and kickboxing.

What do you hope your students remember about you?
I hope my students remember to smile. I hope they remember to always be curious and always learn. I hope they remember that God is always there for them. I hope they remember that I am always there and that I love them.   

 

Saint Thomas Athletics Facebook page

Check out the Saint Thomas Hornet Athletics Facebook page. Go to www.facebook.com/stthomashornets  and like us! Get information about upcoming games and pictures of our fighting Hornets.

 

Lunchroom position

We are looking for someone to work in the lunchroom Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm. This is a paid position that can be filled by one person or several people who rotate days or weeks. Please contact the school office if you are interested. 

 

School Board Curriculum Committee

The School Board Curriculum Committee is looking for new members. If you are interested in developing suggestions for classroom programming and curriculum identified in our strategic plan and during accreditation, please contact Veronica Perdue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-724-0590.

 

School Board Technology Committee

The School Board Technology Committee is seeking new members. If you have a general understanding of hardware and software systems and a passion for promoting and implementing technology in education, please consider this volunteer position. If you are interested, contact Chuck Rushmore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 616-813-0611.