Mrs. Valerie Kula
My name is Valerie Kula. I have been a teacher since 1993. I have been in Catholic education since 1994, and began teaching right here at Mary of Lourdes School in 1999. My husband, Tony, teaches math at the Little Falls Community High School. We have four children all of whom were educated at Mary of Lourdes. We feel blessed for
the good academic foundation our children received at Mary of Lourdes and feel that an even greater blessing was the formation in faith they received. Mary of Lourdes School is a wonderful community of which to be a member.
Mrs. Elizabeth Czech
My name is Liz Czech, and I have been teaching at Mary of Lourdes Elementary School since the fall of 2002. In my first year I taught 1st grade. The next fall I began teaching 2nd grade until 2019 when I was able to teach 3rd and 4th grade reading and math. I believe that children are a gift and possess different talents and capabilities.
I believe each student learns in their own way and style. In my classroom students are in a safe and nurturing environment where each of them will experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond the four walls of our classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery.
It is my philosophy to teach from the heart while allowing students to discover their own abilities to be a lifelong learner and positive leader in our school community.
-We pray daily, introduce and practice a variety of forms of prayer.
-Students are prepared to receive for the first time the sacraments of reconciliation and eucharist incorporating the Blessed series
through Dynamic Catholic.
-Students are taught phonics skills, skills to decode words; comprehension, fluency, and accuracy strategies when reading and also
strategies to expand students’ vocabularies.
-We teach about and read different genres of literature. We teach and practice writing and speaking.
-Students also learn spelling through the Fry List and through the Reading Street series.
-We teach and practice addition and subtraction facts and also work with double digit numbers.
-Students learn place value, naming and writing numbers up to 100,000, comparing and ordering numbers, using data as portrayed in
graphs, geometry and fractions.
-We emphasize using information to solve problems.
-We cover geography skills using maps and globes.
-Students learn about events and people from history, cultures around the world and economics focusing on how people use money
and resources to meet their needs and wants.
-We learn about living in a community and responsible citizenship.
-We learn about government, voting and leaders, and laws.
-We teach and use the scientific method and its steps and procedures as we do a variety of experiments.
-Students learn to classify animals and categories of animals.
-We learn about the life cycles of living things and habitats.
-We learn about body systems and how they work and are kept healthy.