Education - Teachers First

Nov 1, 2012 7:48 PM by Andy Koen

Catholic school teacher builds character with academics

At Saint John Neumann Catholic School in Pueblo, 3rd grade teacher Jean Starcer isn't shy about her expectations.

"I expect politeness, I expect neat papers, I don't take messy work," she said. "They have to hand in work on time or they get deducted for points."

Our October Teachers First Award recipient not only wants her students to be good learners, but to also have good character even if it means she must be firm.

"Everything should be done to your best ability," Starcer said. "When you're standing up, stand tall, proud, be polite, be respectful."

Several times a year her class reaches outside of the school walls to help the community.

"In the springtime we take a trip, we've been doing this yearly now, out to the Los Pobres Center in Avondale where Sister Nancy Craftsman works with the migrant workers."

For Starcer, that sense of community service is personal. In fact, it's a big part of her motivation to teach.

"Somewhere way back when, it was instilled in us just to give back and just I feel like I have a talent and I everybody should find their talents and give back."



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