Armstrong is one of the 4K teachers. She has been teaching here since
1989, which she said is, “A long time of learning!” Prior to her years
at St. Katharine Drexel School, Mrs. Armstrong taught for six years at
River Hills School in Iowa for physically and educationally challenged
is also the Primary Assistant. She enjoys interacting with all the
students at the Primary level and serving the families of those
students. Mrs. Armstrong believes, “We have awesome families at our
school and the partnership in teaching the children to grow spiritually,
intellectually, psychologically, physically and socially is a rewarding
experience. Together we make our school great!”
When asked why
she became a teacher, Mrs. Armstrong replied, “My grandmother was a
teacher. I was encouraged by her and by my other grandparents and
parents to follow my dream. I grew up with nine brothers and sisters, so
I was always teaching someone something and learning something, too. I
love to spend time with children. You can learn the most interesting
things about life hanging out with a child -- no matter what age!”
loves being a teacher. She said, “I love the students and the families I
have the opportunity to come in contact with. Each child that walks into
my classroom is a gift from God. Each child has something to offer and
born and raised in Iowa (“Go Hawkeyes!”), Mrs. Armstrong and her
husband, Greg, have four wonderful children, Grant, Collin, Klara and
Caroline. A long-time supporter of SKDS, she and Greg figured out that
they have had one or more of their children enrolled at St. Katharine
Drexel School for 20 years (“YEAH!!!”). Mrs. Armstrong is now proud
Grandma to four (one on the way in February) awesome grandchildren. She
has her own little classroom at home now, too!
In her spare
time, Mrs. Armstrong enjoys painting. She said, however, “Sorry, I am
not for hire to paint the outside of your home this summer! J” Mrs.
Armstrong also enjoys reading, sewing and spending time with her family.
She loves going to all the events the grandchildren have and spending
time with family. Family is everything!
Armstrong’s advice for her young students: “Love with all your heart.
And READ! Have your family read to you every day and soon you
will be reading to your family.”
Armstrong’s favorite quotation: “Love one another as God has loved you.”
Q. Do you have before and after school
Yes. We offer this service through the YMCA, called SACC (School Age Child
Care), which has several sites throughout the city. For more information on the
program contact the YMCA.
For families in the 4K program and our 3 year old preschool program, we offer an
Extend-A-Day program. This versatile Extend-A-Day is an optional extension to
both programs. For morning 4K students and 3 year old preschool students, class
is from 8:15 until 11:00AM. and Extend-A-Day is from 11:00 until 3:15. For
afternoon 4K students, Extend-A-Day is offered from 8:10 until 12:15 and class
is from 12:15 until 3:00PM.
participate in the Extend-A-Day program one day a week, or up to five
days a week. For three year old preschool, Extend Day is only available
opposite their class days on Monday and Wednesday. The rate for
Extend-A-Day is $12 per day plus $2.25 for school lunch (students may
bring a cold lunch and purchase milk for .40). Schedules must be turned
in on a weekly basis for each following week.
Extend-A-Day Coordinator works closely with our Early childhood teachers
to reinforce, enrich, and expand the learning that occurs in those
classes. There is also a rest period, recess, story time, etc. included
in the daily schedule for Extend-A-Day.
YMCA SACC (School Age
Child Care) Program for more information.