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Mrs. Peggy Dooley

4th Grade Teacher
Has been teaching at Resurrection since: 1997
Education: BS Public Relations/Marketing/Communications (San Jose State),  Multi-Subject California Credential (USF), Currently enrolled in Blended Learning/Technology at SCU

 

Why did you choose to teach at Resurrection?

I chose to teach at Resurrection School because it is one of the best schools in the Diocese.  Not only does Res have an aesthetically pleasing campus and filled with beautiful redwood trees, but the community of parents and students are very welcoming and supportive.   I enjoy the single grade instruction, too and the opportunity to build relationships with the students. is quite remarkable.  The supportive relationship the parish has with our school and our students is amazing, too.

 How do you inspire students to enjoy learning?

I try to inspire kids by making learning fun and memorable.  I hated school as a youngster and one of the  reasons I became a teacher is that i didn't want any kid to hate school as much as i did growing up. I was teased and picked on, even while attending a Catholic school.   Learning wasn’t fun to me. Recess, PE and lunch were fun.  Walking home was fun and I couldn’t wait for the that bell to ring at three o'clock!  I think about my worst day ever and I will never forget what  teachers said to me and how they criticized my learning differences.  Very few teachers I had  in elementary school believed in second chances.  Well, I believe in second and third chances sometimes.  I believe no one is perfect  and every child learns differently.  If my students see me make a mistake and we are able to laugh it off and learn from it,  then all is good.  We will laugh and move on.

What are your favorite moments with a student?

Some of my favorite moments with students is learning with them or laughing with them.  School tends to be a bit monotonous at times, so I always try to keep the students on their toes!

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I have been teaching for over 18 years and have loved every minute of it. Ten of those wonderful years were spent here at Res.  I am blessed to have the best job in the world! One of the hardest and most difficult jobs I have ever had, but definitely, hands down, the most enjoyable and most rewarding job I will ever have the privilege of doing.  What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

What do you want your students to take away from having known you?

When students leave my class I hope they take away with them to be kind, work hard, and try not to take life so seriously and remember to laugh once a day.

What interests you outside the classroom?

Outside the classroom I enjoy spending time with my husband, Justin and daughter, Bella.    We go biking and hiking almost every weekend and usually end up enjoying a nice dinner together somewhere near the coast.  I love the coast and love going to the beach!

 What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have been teaching for over 18 years and have loved every minute of it. Ten of those wonderful years were spent here at Res.  I am blessed to have the best job in the world! One of the hardest and most difficult jobs I have ever had, but definitely, hands down, the most enjoyable and most rewarding job I will ever have the privilege of doing.  I try to inspire kids by making learning fun and rememberable.  I hated school as a youngster and one of the  reasons I became a teacher is that i didn't want any kid to hate school as much as I did growing up. I was teased and picked on, even while attending a Catholic school.   Learning wasn’t fun to me. Recess, PE and lunch were fun.  Walking home was fun and I couldn’t wait for the that bell to ring at three o'clock!  I think about my worst day ever and I will never forget what  teachers said to me and how they criticized my learning differences.  Very few teachers I had  in elementary school believed in second chances.  Well, I believe in second and third chances sometimes.  I believe no one is perfect  and every child learns differently.  if my students see me make a mistake and we are able to laugh it off and learn from it,  then all is good.  We will laugh and move on.

 Who are your mentors?

My folks are my mentors.  They were the first heroes I have ever met.  Their work ethic, perseverance, spiritual faith and their ability to raise 5 children with old school or their original parenting skills is really quite admirable and those qualities inspires me everyday to do my best.

Catherine Hicks - Resurrection School - Sunnyvale