Welcome Letter 6th Grade


I am delighted to have the opportunity to teach the sixth grade students of St. Cletus School.  I have been a teacher for sixteen years and have only recently moved to Illinois. I grew up in a military family where both my mother and father were officers in The United States Navy. Because of this, travel has been a way of life for me since I was small and has given me many cherished and unique experiences. I attended a Catholic College outside of Philadelphia called Rosemont College and initially went to school to become a graphic artist. Later, I found teaching to be much more personally rewarding and focused on the field of education. I earned my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010 and have taught in urban, suburban, and rural environments within The United States and abroad. I also have had the opportunity to teach in positions from early childhood education all the way to the graduate level. While the ages of my students have varied as well as the locations I have taught, one thing has remained the same.  I have always tried to find a way to reach each pupil and allow them to feel their own worth inside and outside the classroom. As a certified art teacher I try to incorporate the arts into my lessons in various ways. I am a fan of sports and endeavor to model a healthy and active lifestyle for my students. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has been a large part of my life for over a decade and I like to compete in tournaments as well as coach. It is important for the students to be able to move around and I love games as a method of instruction. Whether it’s an icebreaker activity for social emotional learning, or a game of foursquare during recess, I enjoy it. I feel privileged to be at a school with such a sense of community and know that the academic year of 2021-2022 will be a positive experience for myself as well as the children. This class will be my first group of students that I have taught in Illinois and I’m sure many great memories will be made.



Jessica Hays