Mrs. Nowak joined the St. Stephen’s faculty in 2014. She teaches Spanish PK – 8 and Grade 3 Social Studies and Science.
She holds a BA from SUNY Fredonia in Spanish/Foreign Language and a minor in communications. She also holds a post-baccalaureate in Foreign Language Education from Buffalo State.
She has been recognized by the Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, at SUNY Fredonia. She has taught adults and children in the town of San Tomas in Mexico.
Some thoughts from Mrs Nowak:
In your opinion, what is special about St. Stephen School?
That it truly feels like your home away from home. The people of this community are so welcoming and they make you feel like you’ve been in this family for years. I hold close the values and respect that St. Stephen’s teachers to their students, as I myself was a graduate of St. Andrew’s. Also, I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t smile when at St. Stephen’s, talking about St. Stephen’s to others, or think about what tomorrow will bring at St. Stephen’s!
Why did you want to become a teacher/administrator?
I originally wanted to translate but really could not find an organization where i was truly happy. I started coaching at BSAC three years ago and was inspired to continue working with children. I went back for a post-baccalaureate program in Foreign Language Education at Buffalo State where I finally found my place in a career that I love!
Do you have a specific goal to achieve through your teaching, a philosophy or desired outcome?
I want to be sure that Spanish class is not comprised of strict conjugations and memorizations, but more about the communication and interaction. The best way to learn a new language is through practice and real-life conversations, and so my class will be full of fun activities where we are applying to language.
What are you most proud of regarding your teaching experience at St. Stephens?
The fact that every time I see students in the hallway they are saying “hola amigos!” or giving me “abrazos” (hugs). It’s the most rewarding feeling to hear them using the language in loving and polite ways!
Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?
I studied in two Spanish speaking countries for a period of three months each. Costa was my favorite, but I also have a vast knowledge of Mexican history from my studies in Oaxaca, Mexico. I hope students are inspired to expand their studies in the future through some of my examples and explanations of the amazing wonders outside of the Spanish classroom. I love animals, food, sports and most of all speaking or reading in Spanish.