School of the Holy Child
Kate Logan began teaching Lower School and grade 5 science at Holy Child School at Rosemont 3 years ago. Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with K-6 PA Certification through Muhlenberg College. She also recently completed a Master of Science in Instructional Media with a STEM Letter of Endorsement through Wilkes University in collaboration with Discovery Education.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
It was my second grade teacher, Mrs. Finore, who inspired me to become a teacher. As a student, I experienced learning difficulties, especially with reading. Mrs. Finore went above and beyond to support me academically, boost my confidence, and nurture my love of reading. She showed me she believed in me, despite the obstacles I encountered in the classroom, and I have her to thank 22 years later for the instrumental role she played in helping me to see my potential. It was her genuine passion for teaching, as well as her unwavering dedication to her students, that ultimately led me in this direction.
Tell Us a Little About Your Recent Masters.
I do my best to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tools in educational technology, so that I can effectively prepare my students for the rapidly evolving, digitally-driven society in which we live. I was immediately drawn to the Wilkes Instructional Media M.S. since it also offered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) certificate, which is another passion of mine. This particular program was designed in collaboration with Discovery Education, which I also found appealing as we use this web resource in the classroom at Holy Child. As Cornelia Connelly would say, this program has helped me to “meet the wants of the age,” so that I can stay current in my teaching practices and best relate to my students.
What is valuable and unique about our science program?
Unlike many schools where the homeroom teacher doubles as the science teacher, from PreKindergarten to grade 8, our students are taught by a designated teacher who specializes in the subject. There is also a classroom space dedicated solely to science instruction, which is fully stocked to deliver effective and engaging lessons. Another characteristic that makes our program special is the freedom and flexibility our program allows in designing our curriculum. As a result, I am able to work collaboratively with my colleagues to develop cross-curricular units and projects, as well as incorporate my students’ unique interests and inquiries into the content.
What are some of your favorite moments to witness in your science classroom?
One of my all-time favorite teaching moments is when a student experiences an “aha moment”. I love watching the entire process unfold from start to finish, and seeing the sheer joy and pride that a student experiences when they have achieved a personal accomplishment. I especially cherish seeing the genuine excitement and enthusiasm that the students show in the science lab. It is truly the icing on the cake when a student tells me that science is their favorite subject or that they want to be a scientist when they grow up. Being able to witness and nurture my students’ love of science makes my job that much more meaningful.