Meet Amanda Beveridge and Colleen Maus, lifelong Catholic-school students teaming up to teach preschool
Lifelong Catholic-school students team up to teach preschool
Names: Amanda Beveridge and Colleen Maus
School: Old St. Mary’s School, Chicago, Illinois
Grade you teach: Preschool
Tell us about your family:
Amanda: I grew up outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I come from a family of teachers.
Colleen: I am the youngest of five children and grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When you were the age of your students, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Amanda: When I was four, I wanted to be a farmer so I could have a pet pig.
Colleen: Like many others in Florida, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer.
Is your desk at school messy or neat?
Colleen: Our desk is neat! For our sanity!
Who is your classroom’s patron saint, and why?
Amanda: Our patron saint is Saint Anthony, because 4-year-olds are always losing and misplacing things.
What is your next classroom book or special project?
Amanda: We will be making a book about Special Person’s Day, when the preschool students get to invite a special guest for the day. We attend a prayer service together, and then they come back to our classroom to do special activities like making friendship bracelets and reading. After Special Person’s Day, we will take the photos from that day and put them into a class book. The students will create their own sentences for each picture. We publish the book and add it to our class library.
Outside of school, what do you enjoy?
Amanda: I enjoy traveling, reading, spending time with my family, and visiting my grandparents’ cottage in the summer.
Colleen: I love writing at coffee shops and exploring all the amazing restaurants in Chicago.
What have you always wanted to learn?
Amanda: To knit and to speak French.
Colleen: To play the drums.
What about your students makes you proudest?
Amanda: I’m proudest when they discover new ideas and challenge themselves. To see them come up with their own thoughts and ideas and push themselves to elevate their thinking is inspiring to watch.
Colleen: I’m proud when students take chances and grow in their confidence. Nothing beats a student accomplishing something they didn’t think they could do and the grin on their face that comes with it.
What do you like best about your school?
Amanda: I get to work with wonderful teachers every day. Everyone is so supportive and encouraging.
Colleen: I love the community of teachers at my school. We all have each other’s backs and are always willing to lend a helping hand.
Why do you choose to teach in a Catholic school?
Amanda: I grew up going to Catholic school, from kindergarten through high school. I love the feeling of community that comes with being at a Catholic school and the values that it represents.
Colleen: I’ve gone to Catholic schools my whole life, starting in Pre-K and continuing through college. I’ve been accustomed to the community in a Catholic school, and I couldn’t imagine myself teaching anywhere else.
What’s your favorite classroom prayer?
Colleen: I love the Angel of God prayer, which we sing.
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