My name is Katie Schumann and I will be your child’s Language Arts teacher this year! This will be my 25th year teaching with Mary of Lourdes School. My husband, Keith, works in the street dept. for the city of Little Falls and is on the Little Falls Fire Department. Our son, Justin, works at Thielen Meats here in town, and my grandson, Klaus, is in Mrs. Primus's 1st grade class!My shining moment in the classroom is to watch those light bulbs turn on for students! When everything clicks and students are engaged learners! Since LA is my passion, I look forward to many more of those "Aha!" moments in my classroom!
I believe Mary of Lourdes is truly a community. I spend more time with both the staff and students than my own family during the week- it is truly my home away from home!
My husband and I like to play cards and go out to eat with family and friends. We enjoy taking cruises or vacationing with family and friends. In the summer we do a lot of canning and hanging out with the grandkids. Other than that, I enjoy reading books on my iPad, reading with my grandson, or having Disney "movie marathons" with the grandkids!
Hello! My name is Dawn Knopik. I am in my 4th year of teaching at MOL, but have been an MOL parent, Volunteer Coordinator, Parent & School Coordinator, on the MOL Board of Directors and a substitute teacher for many years before teaching here. I also taught for 10 years before getting married and having children. I was hired to teach Theology and Art, but am now also teaching 5th grade math and LA along with 7th/8th Social Studies.
My husband, Lance, and I have six children - the oldest five are MOL graduates and our youngest is a current MOL 7th grader. As a family, we are very involved in athletics, music and church activities. I love spending time watching my kids play what they love, but also reading, kayaking and bonfires.
My greatest joy in teaching is watching our students grow in virtue and knowledge in our Catholic faith. I believe our most important mission at our school is to help our students get to heaven.
Middle School Language Arts education covers the skills involving reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing. Individual classes focus on reading comprehension and fluency, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, writing processes, speech, poetry, and research. Each grade level reviews previous learning and builds upon that learning to further develop and become proficient readers, purposeful writers, critical thinkers, and effective communicators. A variety of texts are used including fiction and non-fiction novels, short stories, poetry, and vocabulary workshop books.
Some of the books used include:
Sadlier Vocabulary A, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,BFG, Brian's Winter, Number the Stars, and more.
Sadlier Vocabulary B, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Across 5 Aprils, My Brother Sam is Dead, The Wave, Four Miles to Pinecone, and more.
Sadlier Vocabulary C, Hangman's Curse, Innocent Heroes, Fahrenheit 451, Trapped in Hitler's Hell, Touching Spirit Bear, Heaven is For Real, and more.