2nd Grade


Paula Gabriel

2nd Grade Teacher

BIO

Welcome Letter

I teach second grade at Holy Infancy. Initially, I taught Pre-K from 1988 to 1999, became Director of Development from 1999 to 2005, then moved on to teaching second grade and remain there. Since I earned my Instructional I certification in Elementary Education from DeSales University in 2012, I’m now earning credits toward permanent certification. The courses that I have been taking during the summer months have improved my knowledge and abilities so that I can use “best practices” in my classroom. Topics have included application of technology, use of graphic organizers, positive classroom management, and differentiated instruction.

To maximize instruction in my classroom, I often integrate technology, hands-on strategies, and the arts, with core concepts set forth by the Diocese of Allentown and the PA Department of Education in my curriculum. I love teaching in a Catholic School because I can be free to provide spiritual learning and guidance to my students.

I am married, and have a 39-year-old autistic son, Mick, who lives at home. My interests are solo and choral singing, aerobics (I teach step aerobics twice a week), and art (my first major was Fine Arts and Art Education at Wilkes University). I also run an after-school Cub Scout program twice a week with a parent, Mr. Ron Yeakel.

CLASS INFO

Student Size: 16

Grade 2 students attend Banana Factory 6-week Arts Integration Program in the spring.

What We Learn

Religion: Sadlier “We Believe” program
Mathematics: McGraw Hill “My Math” program and Diocesan problem solving portfolios Academy of Math computer-based program.
Istation: Computer-based Reading program
Spelling and Phonics: VōWac, Vowel Oriented Word Attack Course
Reading and Grammar: Harcourt Storytown program
Writing: Harcourt and Diocesan writing portfolio assignments
Handwriting: Writing Our Catholic Faith program, which transitions from Manuscript to cursive
Social Studies: Diocesan Curriculum with “Studies Weekly” (America’s New Textbook)
Science: Diocesan Curriculum with technology and literature-based resources
Art and Music: Integrated with curricular subjects as often as possible
Physical Education: Weekly, taught by Mrs. Alice Fowler