I began teaching at St. Pius X in 1993 as a sixth-grade teacher after working in the business field. It only took teaching one Sunday School class for me to realize I was in the wrong profession! After 12 years teaching 6th grade here at SPX, I returned to school to pursue an Intervention Specialist License and began working with students requiring academic assistance. I have since earned a Master's Degree and a Reading Endorsement from Ohio Dominican University. I have been married for 30 years and have three daughters; a fourth-grade teacher here at St. Pius X, a daughter in the Nursing Program at Mt. Carmel College of Nursing, and the youngest, a sophomore at Bishop Hartley High School, all three graduates of St. Pius X. My family and I are members of St. Pius X Parish and are blessed to be part of such a dynamic faith community.
A Letter to Parents from Mrs. Shoemaker
As an educator and a parent myself, I know only too well what is involved in making sure homework gets done and assessments get studied for on a daily basis. I am also aware of the tears, fighting, and worry that can accompany these homework sessions. I’ve heard many stories from concerned parents about the hours and hours it takes their children to complete homework that other children seem to get done in half the time. I understand how frustrating, exhausting, and overwhelming this can be when it occurs on a regular basis.
As a regular classroom teacher for 12 years, very few parents told me how difficult life was when their children struggled. As an Intervention Specialist now for the last 12 years, I have much greater awareness of (and empathy towards) children and their families experiencing academic difficulties. As teachers, we can’t help if we don’t know there’s a problem.
If you see that your child is struggling beyond what you feel is “normal”, I urge you to speak to the classroom teacher. With his/her experience and training, he/she can look at the situation and give you feedback about whether you have reason to be concerned or if your child just needs a little extra help. Your child’s teacher has the resources and knowledge to provide classroom and homework accommodations to help your child. Depending upon how your child responds to these interventions, the classroom teacher can initiate the formal intervention process.
Our goal is to give your child the skills and resources to become independent learners and to have academic success. Not everyone will succeed at the same things or at the same levels. Our desire is to help each child to achieve to the best of his/her personal potential. As a team consisting of you, your child, your child’s teacher, and myself, we will work together to help your child to be successful. Experiencing success will build your child’s confidence, which in turn, will help them to continue to be successful! Let’s turn a vicious circle into a victorious circle!
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. We’re all on the same team and striving towards the same goal – a happy, confident, capable child with the skills to be a lifelong learner!
Mrs. Shelley Shoemaker