Meet Mrs. Casazza
     Hi! I'm Mrs. Kathleen Casazza, the first grade teacher at Holy Name of Mary School.  I am looking forward to a great year with your little one!
     I joined the Holy Name of Mary family after finishing my undergraduate degree.  I taught first grade for six years and then left for a few years to be home with my children, Eddie and Tara.  I returned to Holy Name when they were in grammar school  I have taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade, however, my passion is teaching first grade.  I find it so rewarding to watch these little ones grow so much during first grade.  They are such enthusiastic learners and it is such a pleasure to be a part of their journey.  When they leave in June they are independent readers and writers.
     My teaching style is a hands-on approach where students learn through group work, centers, and a great deal of positive reinforcement.  It is important for children to feel good about themselves and not be afraid to try new things or make mistakes.  (Only God is perfect, we all make mistakes!!)
     I believe our journey this year will be positive and successful if we all work together.  It is so important to have a strong home and school connection.  It is my goal to instill a love of learning and have your child's experience this year be positive and successful.
     My family is very important to me.  In addition to my children and all my nieces and nephews, my golden retriever Maddie brings a great deal of joy to my life.  As we work through our first unit in Reading Street on Animals, Tame and Wild, the children will learn a great deal about Maddie.  I love to share stories about my life and hope the children enjoy sharing as well.
     This past summer was very special for my family.  My son Eddie was married to his high school sweetheart, Debra, in July.  It was a very exciting time for all of us.
     I truly love teaching.  I knew I wanted to be a teacher from the time I was a little girl.  First graders bring so much enthusiasm to the classroom.  They are so excited to learn new things.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year.  I know together we will truly make this first grade experience a wonderful one!