The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."
An Einstein quote is one of many strategically placed throughout the Kindergarten and 1st grade classroom of Mrs. Gamos. Fueled by empathy, passion, curiosity, and desire to see the potential of each student become reality is so evident in her class.
Mrs. Gamos was doing a phenomenal job balancing a combined class (Grade 4/5) at St Michael Academy (SMA). Due to staffing adjustments she displayed her veteran leadership by taking on the challenging opportunity to lead Kindergarten and 1st grade.
She did not miss a beat from the momentum she had last school year. She rejuvenated the Kindergarten classroom with a fresh sense of openness, functionality, and a health dose of FUN! Everything from the colors, furniture, and resources were replaced. Early posts on the schools Instagram and Facebook pages provided a high dose of likes and comments of praise. The students who get to call her class home for this school year simply 'Love It'.
Mrs. Gamos loves design and functional work spaces. Partnered along with her fellow teachers, she lead another overhaul of the school copy room. Everything was removed, repainted, and new furniture placed to match the theme, "When You're Here, You're Home". Check out the pictures!
We salute Mrs. Gamos in being an innovator in her field who loves to have fun and promote the power of imagination to our future leaders, her students.
Coming back to school from the new year always brings many stories to our campus. Our very own Ms. Abalos (Grade 5) definitely had a great story to share with us here at SMA.
One of the gifts she had received was a new Samsung Chromebook. A Chromebook is a simple, secure, laptop that handles common tasks like browsing web pages, checking email, watching movies, listening to music easily at a very low price.
Her experience with Chromebooks made her shine as the expert in the room. She shared with the SMA Social Media Team that her friends and family marveled at how easy it was to use. Ms Abalos simply logged into the brand new out of the box device. It began to customize itself by loading her custom wallpaper, all her favorite websites, an onscreen shortcuts. For the rest of the evening people were just in awe of how simple the device was to use for other things like going on Facebook, checking bank accounts, booking flights, and chatting with family through the built-in camera.
We asked Ms. Abalos what gave her the confidence to answer all the questions? She stated having the experience with her SMA provided Asus Chromebook made the process so simple. She remembered the basics demonstrated to her during the new teacher orientation process on how to use a Chromebook and her SMA G Suite for Education account. This training, her determination, and patience allowed her to shine in this 'teachable' moment.
The SMA Social Media Team
We mentioned in the last blog post that we love connecting an adding value to our community, especially our former students and alumni. Below is a link to our Alumni Community Connection Form.
Think of it as the step you to take to raise your hand in class so we can call or message you back.