COMPUTER

 

Teacher: Mrs. Rose Beaman

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Mrs. Rose Beaman has been the computer lab instructor at St. James School since 1995.  Previously she was the computer instructor at St. Patrick School for seven years.  She is from the Roscoe/Rockton area, attended Prairie Hill Grade School, Hononegah High School and graduated from college in Rockford, IL.  After marrying her husband, Bill, they moved to Rockford.  She and Bill have three children, two of whom attended St. James School, and they all live in Rockford.  They have 2 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, and another grandchild on the way in May, 2017.  The Beamans have a dog, Wrigley (which tells you she is a HUGE Cubs fan who can now celebrate a World Series Championship!!!)  She is an avid sports fan and loves to attend or watch any games, especially if any of her family members are playing!  She runs, bikes, loves working out, and plays Bocce in her spare time. 

Preschool through Eighth Grade students come for classes in Mrs. Beaman’s computer lab.  Her students are encouraged to use the lab outside of their classroom time for any assignments for which they may need technology and/or her guidance.  She works with each classroom teacher to incorporate any learning needs or projects they have and also reinforce student skills that are developing or are mastered.  Keyboarding skills are an important part of Mrs. Beaman’s teaching philosophy and are taught to students from second through eighth grades.  Research projects, letter writing, PowerPoint, Publishing, and Excel projects are just a few of the assignments St. James students accomplish throughout the school year.  Computer Science programming or “writing code” is a continuing project the students are learning and beginning to master.  Internet Safety and good online decision-making skills are always stressed and a topic of continuous education.  And sometimes……her students take a little bit of time for fun with a holiday-themed project or two!  

Mrs. Beaman believes that her students are capable of accomplishing any goals they have set for themselves and encourages them to use their unique skills to reach that goal and will guide them whenever they need help.  She feels very fortunate to be a part of their learning process and shares with her students quite often that “she learns something new every day” and also that “mistakes are just a chance to try again”!  Her students can easily see how much she loves her job!   

Another goal Mrs. Beaman has in her classroom is collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Madison, Wisconsin.  Collected tabs are recycled and the cash received is donated to the Ronald McDonald House and helps families who have a child in need of hospital care stay at the House at a lower cost.  St. James School families and friends attempted and reached a goal of collecting one million tabs in May, 2013!  The saving continues each year and students are encouraged to bring in any amount collected to Mrs. Beaman’s room.  Thank You!

Come and visit Mrs. Beaman in the computer lab and see what the students are up to or you can reach her by email at rbeaman@stjamesrockford.org.