Teacher: Miss Angela Peters

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Welcome to Sixth Grade!

Miss Angela Peters is the Middle School Religion and Social Studies teacher.  She grew up in Iowa where she attended a Catholic grade school and high school.  She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.  Miss Peters has been a Catholic school teacher for 27 years, teaching the past 14 years at St. James.  In 2004 and 2006, Miss Peters received the Bishop O'Neill Award in Catechetics and was a Golden Apple semi-finalist in 2007.  In addition to teaching at St. James, she has served the Rockford Diocese by working on a Diocesan Curriculum Committee and teaching adult religious education classes for RARE and RCIA.  In her free time, Miss Peters enjoys reading, completing word search puzzles, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

The mission of Miss Peters is to provide her students with a meaningful Catholic education that fosters their mental, physical and spriritual  well-being.  She does this by creating a child-centered classroom where learning takes place through interesting lessons, as well as, through the daily modeling of her words and actions.  Recognizing that children learn in a variety of ways, Miss Peters engages the multiple intelligences of her students using a multitude of teaching techniques.  She also likes to infuse humor in her classroom to make school more enjoyable.

Miss Peters believes that all children can achieve success.  Through a student's committment to particpate in class, complete work, and study regularly, success can be achieved.  Mistakes are not looked at as failures, but as opportunities for continued learning in her classroom.  Building the character of her students is as important as academics.  She expects students to participate in a service program that serves not only the needs of St. James, but the community.

Recognizing that parents are the primary teachers of their children, Miss Peters works in partnership with them.  Through vairous forms of communication and hands-on involvment in classroom activities, parents are encouraged to support their children's education.  Parents continue the lessons of the classroom at home by encouraging study time for academics and by giving witness to living their Catholic faith.

Each day Miss Peters looks forward to teaching her students about the world God has gifted them with and guiding the them to build a relationship with God.  Teaching holds many challenges and rewards for Miss Peters, but there is no other place she would rather be than in the classroom surrounded by her students.