Grade 5

1. What do you teach at St. Mary’s Academy?

“I am currently the 5th grade classroom teacher. I am responsible for the following subjects: all ELA (reading, writing, spelling); Math, Science, and Religion. I also teach 6th grade math.”

2. What do you love about St. Mary’s Academy?

“St. Mary’s is a gem of a Catholic school. From the moment I came here, I felt welcomed by parents and students, who gave me so much support. The teachers are truly committed to the mission of the school and work hard to give our students the very best we have to offer. I have made wonderful friendships and memories.”

3.Why do you like teaching at St. Mary’s Academy? What motivated you to become a teacher at St. Mary’s Academy?

“This is a tough question. I have spent my whole teaching career in Catholic schools. It was something I always felt called to do from the time I graduated from college. I am a product of Catholic education and have always treasured that gift given to me by my parents. This is not a job for me…it is a ministry that I have chosen to do. I especially love teaching Religion and sharing my personal faith stories! I hope this helps them to create their own loving relationship with God.”

“How I got to St. Mary’s was God’s choice for me. The Catholic school I had been teaching in for 17 years closed. I thought my teaching ministry had ended, but God had a different plan for me…St. Mary’s!”

4. What is a unique experience, talent, or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

“I play the 12 string guitar. I have played for many, many years. I don’t get to do this often, but the kids love it when I bring my guitar to schools and we have a sing-a-long, or practice songs for mass, or just enjoy music. I especially love when there is time to do that with the very young kids. I am happy to share that talent by playing guitar for our masses. I also play the piano, but not too many know that.”

5. What do you want your students to gain from having known you?

“That I have truly cared about each and every one of them…always. They may not always believe that. I know I am on them sometimes, but that’s because I want them to be the very best they can be. I set the bar high for them. I want them to work hard. But, I also want them to know me and know they can come talk to me whenever they want to or come for help when needed. I want them to know that I will always be there for them! And I do hope that someday in their future lives, they will say, “Mrs. Pellizzari was one of my favorite teachers!” That’s a true blessing.”

6. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? Perhaps a fun fact?

“I love to kayak and I love to look for moose in the wild. I’ve actually seen some in Maine. Hoping to one day see one in the Adirondacks.”

Mrs. Pellizzari earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Cortland. She has 29 years of teaching experience and all of those years have been in Catholic schools. She truly believes in Catholic education and views teaching as a ministry. Her number one goal each year is to have her students believe that school is fun! She wants them to be excited about learning and to be actively engaged in all they do. Her approach has always been to teach the whole child- spiritually, academically, and emotionally. She will challenge her students as they grow and will offer them her full support and guidance.

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