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Meet Mrs. Schrock- 6th grade teacher

September 26, 2018
By Jackie Terrill

For the 2018-2019 SJA school year, we have been blessed to have 4 new teachers join our community.   Let's meet Mrs. Schrock, our middle school math teacher.

Name: Karen Schrock

Educational Background and Credentials:
Undergrad in NY ~ SUNY @ Cortland - Elementary  & Early Secondary Education with a concentration in Spanish 
Masters from BGSU in Guidance & Counseling

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family and your teaching history.
I grew up in NY State ~ Saratoga Springs area.  My dad was an elementary school principal and thus education was in my blood.  My first teaching experience was 5th & 6th grade.  I was an elementary guidance counselor for half of my career and my love of math brought me back to the classroom at the junior high level for 11 years. 

Why do you choose to teach at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School?
I love the religious emphasis on daily learning.

Tell us about a meaningful moment with a student.
I am very happy when a former student sees me and remembers that I was their 6th grade math teacher. Helping students persevere on understanding a concept and seeing the light bulb go off is very gratifying!

What is your favorite unit/topic/project to teach and why?
I really love to teach division of fractions and area and volume of 2-D & 3-D figures.   I like using hands-on activities with students to help them connect the concept to the application of the algorithm or formula.

What do you hope students will learn from being a part of your classroom?
Math is a skill that can be mastered ~ just takes a little longer for some but it can be mastered!

How do you motivate your students to be active learners in your classroom?
I move around from table to table to observe students’ involvement or question and encourage them when they seem to hesitate.  I always say, “Give it a try!  What’s the worst that could happen?  If you’re stuck…... try it from a different approach.”