I have been teaching eighth grade at St. John the Baptist since the 1993-94 school year. At this point, I have spent well over thirty years either attending or teaching in Catholic schools. I believe that all education is extremely important, whether public or private, secular or religious. However, my history and my experience have led me to value Catholic education in particular. There are schools out there that focus successfully on strong academics and on making students life-long learners. Other schools may be more successful in building self-esteem and self-discipline, while still others may specialize in forming physically well-balanced students. Finally, there are those schools who help to form students of faith. Some schools may do two or three of those things well. St. John the Baptist, as a Catholic school, is dedicated to doing not one, not two, but all of those things and more, forming the whole student - intellectually, socially, spiritually, psychologically, physically. Whether conscious of it or not, this has ALWAYS been my experience of Catholic education, and I continue to support and believe in it.
After majoring in French, I decided to get my Masters in Library Science but after watching the fun my roommates were having student teaching, I switched to the teaching credential program. I taught in the Alum Rock School District for 40 years in grades 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8. Over the course of my first career, I taught every single academic subject plus a few electives.
I retired in 2007 with the intention of relaxing and traveling but soon realized that I missed interacting with kids every day! I decided to apply for a teaching position in the Diocese of San Jose and Mrs. Perkowski offered me the job here at St John's. Teaching at St John's offers me a chance to do what I love in a new way. The Catholic school setting allows me to explore important topics with my students with a slightly different perspective than public school does. If you ask what I enjoy most about SJBS, I can say unequivocally: the kids!!
I am the proud mother of four grown children, two girls and two boys. One of my daughters is also a middle school teacher and the other is the Associate Director of a residential care facility for elders. I love to read, travel and spend time with my grandson, Eli.
Hi! I'm Sr.Lisa Abellaniza, AR. I am the eldest of five girls in my family and am from the small town of Davao del Sur in the Southern Philippines, where my parents raised and taught me to be a God-fearing person and a woman of faith. I received my degree in Education in 1998 and then started to take my postgraduate courses in Mathematics to enhance my teaching skills. Upon completion of these courses I was hired to teach Mathematics in a Catholic School managed by the Franciscan Friars. I later answered the call from God to joined the Congregation of the Augustinian Recollect Sisters. I made my perpetual profession of vows: poverty, chastity and obedience to God and in 2010 our congregation sent me to St. John the Baptist School to work and to bear witness to Christ.
I am an aide and help teachers in the primary grades and teach math to the sixth and eighth grade students. My goal is to assist them in understanding mathematical concepts and to help them realize that math is fun! I encourage them to persevere in solving problems even when they feel that the obstacle before them is great. I advise my students to start doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly they are doing the impossible!