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Second Grade Team

Maggie Martin

bio_martin.jpgPlaying “school” as a child set Maggie on the path toward a career in education. In the basement of her childhood home, she assigned homework to her sister and neighbors. “I’ve known since then that teaching was going to be my passion in life,” says the energetic and nurturing educator. 

Maggie came to Rossman from Chicago where she earned a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University and taught third grade. Her extensive experience also includes positions teaching fifth grade in Boston and Pre Kindergarten in El Paso. 

“I love teaching early elementary school because the children’s brains are sponges and they are so intrigued with all the knowledge they are gaining,” Maggie says. “I also love seeing the transformation kids make at this age, especially from learning to read to reading to learn.”

Maggie’s teaching philosophy balances best practices, high expectations and the integration of personal skills to help teach the whole child. She is dedicated to professional development that enhances her sense of the effective school dynamic.

Beyond the classroom, Maggie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and dog. She loves travel, especially to her summer cottage in Michigan. Maggie is also an avid baker and even started a company with her sister in Chicago, sharing gooey butter cakes and cookies with the windy city.

 

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Jamie Rhinesmith

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An Indiana native, Jamie began her career teaching San Antonio fifth graders while pursuing her Masters in Education through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education program. She has since taught second through fifth graders in Arkansas, Michigan and St. Louis and participated in an extensive three-year training program in the Extending Children’s Mathematics model.

“I strongly believe in the value of student-centered, discovery-based learning, especially when it comes to mathematics,” says Jamie, who’s interest in teaching began at a young age as she played “school” with her sister. Her goal as an educator to instill a lifelong love for learning and prepare students to succeed both in the classroom and beyond. Through high expectations and a collaborative relationship with coworkers and parents, she aims to help her students realize their intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative potential.

Jamie is passionate about growing as an educator and tries to instill that same love of learning into her own students. “I love getting to witness those ‘aha!’ moments, when students have been struggling with something but persevere until they get it,” she says. “The excitement on their face when they learn something new is truly inspiring.”

Along with her efforts in the classroom, Jamie has devoted her time to enrich each of the schools she has been part of, along with their greater communities. She also has been involved with the Notre Dame and University of Arkansas chapters of Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children who have lost a parent to cancer or have a parent undergoing treatment.

This mom of two enjoys exploring St. Louis and the region’s many kid-friendly attractions. She also loves baking and staying active, especially through kickboxing.

 

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