Proud to teach at the school her whole family attended
Meet Janet Gorman, the teacher on the cover of our Spring 2019 issue!
Name: Janet E. Gorman
School: St. Mary Hyde Park School
Location of School: Cincinnati, Ohio
Grade/subject you teach: Art, grades 1-8
Tell us about your family. Tim and I have been married 38 years; we have two sons and one daughter, plus two daughters-in-law and two granddaughters. My husband and I and our three children all went to St. Mary School, too!
When you were the age of your students, what did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to be a mother more than anything else in the world (still the best job!). Next to that, I knew that I liked working with children.
What was your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in grade school was math. (We did not have an art program then.) Once I got to high school and realized I could study art, then that became my favorite!
What are you reading right now? Most of my reading now is limited to art education magazines and home improvement magazines. I do read from my Jesus Calling inspirational book on a daily basis. I recently finished reading Nightingale, an incredibly wonderful novel based on women’s roles in World War II.
Is your desk at school messy or neat? I would call it an organized messy desk!
What’s your next special project? We are working on a lot of 3-D projects in art class now as we get ready for our school art show in May. We have 60 papier-mâché cats being shaped by our third-graders and 10 large papier-mâché dogs being formed by our eighth-graders.
Outside of school, what do you enjoy? Spending time with my family, working on art, and gardening.
What’s your favorite holiday to celebrate at school? It would have to be Valentine’s Day. Everyone is so happy, and hearts make for great art projects.
What about your students makes you proudest? Number one is when I see them being kind to one another! I am so proud of them when they push themselves to learn more and try new things. As an art teacher, I love it when they think creatively and independently. I love to see their faces light up when they know they have done a really good job.
What do you like best about your school? I really like the community feel in our school. Our administration, staff, teachers, and parents all work together unselfishly for the good of our students.
Why do you choose to teach in a Catholic school? I love being able to talk about Jesus and how we should treat one another. I love knowing that I can be part of making this world a better, kinder, and more humane place.
Favorite classroom prayer: The Hail Mary, since Mary is the patron of our school and parish.
How can we find you on social media? My classroom website
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