When we started highlighting the new teachers here at St. Viator Elementary School, we found that a few introductions were delayed by last year’s shift to distance learning. Delayed, but not forgotten, so we are highlighting them now. We would like you to meet Ms. Kate Gangemi, our 4th grade in-person teacher!
This is Ms. Gangemi’s second year teaching at St. Viator Elementary School. She earned her undergraduate degree in English/Teacher Education from Fairfield University in Connecticut. During her undergraduate career, she worked with a Wraparound Kindergarten classroom. Currently, she is earning a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago. Another Rambler! Reflecting on her time here at St. Viator Elementary School, Ms. Gangemi reports, “I love the community here at St. Viator. I can tell that the faculty and students truly care about my well-being and are supportive of my decisions within the classroom.” Here is some more information about Ms. Gangemi to help you get to know her better:
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite food?
Any type of pasta dish!
What is your favorite holiday?
When is your birthday?
Do you have any hidden talents?
I can wiggle my ears!
What is your favorite drink to get your morning started?
Anything you can tell us about your family or pets?
In my family I have my mom, my dad, my twin brother, and my two cats (Burton and Jules).
Do you have any hobbies?
I have played tennis my whole life and I really enjoy reading.
What is your favorite book?
Difficult question! I can’t pinpoint one book, but my favorite genre is historical fiction.
Who is your favorite author?
What is the farthest place you’ve been (in the world) from Chicago?
I have been to Paris, France.
If you weren’t a teacher, what profession would you choose?
Any other profession working with children. As a child, I wanted to be an archaeologist!
Who is your hero?
What is your favorite thing about teaching?
I love how every day is new and different! Working with students is amazing! I love to see their ah-ha moments and spark their interest in always learning new things.
What is something you wish the parents of your students knew?
I have loved getting to know my students and teaching them in the classroom. I remind them daily that they are good people and are spreading the goodness of the Catholic Church.
What is the most helpful thing a parent can do for your class this year?
Be understanding that I am still learning about St. Viator!
What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am proud that I moved to Chicago to begin my teaching career!
What extracurricular activities are you involved in at St. Viator?
Currently, I am not involved in any extracurricular activities at St. Viator. I am working on the Museum of Science and Industry committee with Mrs. Bloom and Mrs. Zyszczynski.
We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Ms. Kate Gangemi! If you are interested in learning more about St. Viator Elementary School, please visit our website at https://www.stviatorchicago.org/. We will continue highlighting our teachers and posting those on the website, so keep checking back to read more about our staff. St. Viator Elementary School is currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact us at 773-545-2173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to request an application, or to schedule a private tour.