Catapult Learning Educator Spotlight: January 2013

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Catapult Learning has long recognized that our teachers, coaches, specialized services professionals, and consultants are the foundation upon which our company stands. We literally wouldn’t be here without their tireless efforts to help struggling students succeed! We thank them for all that they do each and every day.

In May 2012, we introduced the Catapult Learning Educator Spotlight where we honored some of our most dedicated teachers and education professionals. They are our very own shining stars!

The Catapult Learning Educator Spotlight is now monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog. The educators that are highlighted are nominated by their Catapult colleagues, in recognition of the positive impact they have on children throughout the country.

We are extremely excited to announce our honorees for January 2013!

  • Kathy Gotthold- Teacher – Vineland, NJ
  • Marybeth Williams – Teacher- Detroit, MI
  • Camilla Tamargo – Counselor – Miami-Dade, FL

Kathy Gotthold – Teacherkathy-gotthold-photo-jan2013

  • Vineland, NJ
  • MA Elementary Education, BA Special Education – Rowan University

Why did you become a teacher?

I became a teacher because I love children and truly felt that teaching was my calling. I believe that all children can learn and that each child has their own special gift to offer no matter how large or small.

What do you love most about teaching for Catapult Learning?

Teaching for Catapult Learning has allowed me to continue to work in the educational field upon retirement. I am able to share my 36 years of experience and knowledge with dedicated colleagues, staff, students and parents. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful people. I love walking down the halls and having the children say, “Are you working with me today?” They are eager to learn and always say thank you at the end of class.

What is your greatest Catapult Learning teaching success story?

Using a multi-sensory approach to teach reading has been very successful to my students. It gives me great joy to watch students gain confidence and skills to be successful in school. Unlocking their individual key to learning is very rewarding for me.

What have you learned from your students?

I have learned to make each day a new day and to make everyday count. Children always try their best as I do. That is all anyone can ask for!

Marybeth Williams – Teachermarybeth-williams-photo-jan2013-e1359059108708

  • Detroit, MI
  • BA Communications, Michigan State University/ MA Curriculum and Instruction, University of Detroit

Why did you become a teacher?

When I contemplated becoming a certified teacher, I reflected on how much I favored being a volunteer catechist and working with students. I found that not only did I enjoy providing students with the knowledge they needed, but I also enjoyed learning from them. My students challenged me to be current and creative. I found this exhilarating.

What do you love most about teaching for Catapult Learning?

I enjoy working for Catapult and find it hard to determine what I love
most about it. I not only love, but am also very impressed with my team of Catapult co-workers. I find their commitment and determination to help each student succeed very inspiring. It provokes in me a desire to work harder and meet the needs of my own students.

I also enjoy the guidance Catapult provides. My team leaders are exceptional. They answer every question and provide me with the resources needed for every one of my students to be successful In a nutshell, I enjoy working for Catapult because Catapult not only recognizes what students need to be successful, but it’s diligent in
providing the resources to make sure student success occurs.

What is your greatest Catapult teaching success story?

It is hard to determine my greatest Catapult teaching success story, for I have two. My first and most profound is the day one of my 7th grade students came to me and thanked me for helping him learn to read. WOW! I still get emotional thinking about this moment.

My second favorite success story occurred last year. As we all know how challenged and below grade level our students are when they begin our program, last year each of our senior students not only graduated from high school but was also accepted into a college. These are monumental feats and I delight in knowing that I am part of these teams (Catapult Learning as well as Detroit Cristo Rey) that have the belief, desire and diligence to help each student achieve these successes.

What have you learned from your students?

I learn each day from my students. As a Catapult teacher, I have learned and experienced the challenges that students face can be numerous and differ daily. Therefore, in order to confront what are often times negative impacts, a sense of humor is very much needed. Students benefit when they see me laugh at my own mistakes and endeavor in a second attempt, it provides in them a comfort when making mistakes and a willingness to try again.

Camilla Tamargo – Counselorcamilla-tamargo-lmhc-photo

  • Miami-Dade, FL
  • MS Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University

To which schools are you assigned?

I am assigned at St. Mary Cathedral School and Marian Center School.

How is working for Catapult Learning important in meeting your professional goals?

Working for Catapult Learning has provided me with the opportunity to help children work to their full potential academically as well as to learn coping strategies in dealing with emotional issues. To do this effectively, I engage the parents as well as the teachers in helping address the students’ issues. As a result of helping children learn how to develop coping and learning strategies, I feel that I am not only contributing to their current successes but to their future successes as well.

What is your most recent Catapult Learning success story?

My most recent Catapult Learning success story involved a third grade boy. He was working below grade level, often had incomplete work, and lacked study skills. He joined my ‘Study Skills’ group where organizational skills are taught, the use of homework agendas are mandatory, and effective study habits are developed. As a result, his grades have improved considerably and his homework is being turned in completed. His parents and teachers are proud of his achievements and more importantly, he has become a more confident student.

Thanks again to all of this month’s honorees! You can thank them too, please leave your comments for our educators below!

John Fergus

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